Fire – Harriet Bradley, Sogol Sur and Rosie Rosenberg

Today Confronting Rape Culture open their big exhibition at the Museum of Futures and here at Sampson Low we are releasing the fifth chapbook in the CFC Series (edited by Debbie Chessell) to celebrate this achievement. We welcome Harriet Bradley to the series, her narrative is the adrenalin of fear, it is a drug of wonder but should it be an everyday occurrence, an inspiration, a reality. This is the third entry in the powerful CFC series for Sogol Sur and once again the work sparks brightly, shining right at the heart of the sun. It is fitting that we should end on a note of hope from Rosie Rosenberg. We would like to say a big thank you to Debbie Chessell and all the creative people who have contributed to his project.

Contents
The Last Run – Harriet Bradley
And the Ashes of Masculinity Will Melt in the Wind – Sogol Sur
Out of Service – Rosie Rosenberg

CONFRONTING RAPE CULTURE are a group of artists, designers, activists and believers, who united to create change. They organise exhibitions, workshops and publications, initiating social activity to raise awareness of rape culture present in all parts of the world, under all disguises. Funded by O2, they are a non-profit organisation focused on addressing issues through creativity

To keep up to date with the group’s activities, please visit
https://www.facebook.com/pg/confrontingrapeculture

Fire
Harriet Bradley, Sogol Sur and Rosie Rosenberg
Designer: Maria Kaffa
Editor: Debbie Chessell
Photographers: Molly Baker and Maria Kaffa
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-46-9
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Confronting Rape Culture Chapbook 4,
SLB055
Price – £2
BUY Fire (£2 + £1.20 to a UK address)

For more information on Confronting Rape Culture visit their exhibition at the Museum of Futures (25 March – 2 April 2017, 117 Brighton Road, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames). The exhibition showcases work from over 40 international artists. Through a range of multi-media works, the show discusses how normalized misogynistic and sexist behaviours provide the foundations for domestic abuse, rape, and systematic oppression. The event includes film, performance, workshops, writing, painting, sculpture and installation to open a broad and in-depth conversation.

Exhibiting artists: Ant Stevens, Bryony Wedge, Carolina von Teutul, Dimitra Petsa,  Debbie Chessell,  Holly Duffield, Jamie Christie, Jason Nulty, Yasmine Griffiths-Williams, Lola Normal, Lucy Ross,  Maria Kaffa, Far Awayaa, Molly Baker, Molly Mae Smalls. 

Published Artists: Charlotte Bell,  Dimitra Petsa,  Harriet Bradley,  Katie Hammett,  Bryony Wedge,  Marcus Wratton,  Feven Em,  Far Awayaa.

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Connection – Dimitra Petsa, Charlotte Bell and Rosie Rosenberg

The fourth chapbook in the Confronting Rape Culture Series (edited by Debbie Chessell) is another CFC book that is both disarming in its beauty and powerful in the rawness of its message. Dimitra Petsa’s Halloween is a gentle vignette about human reaction and connection, capturing a moment of deep thought. The beam of light from Charlotte Bell’s honesty shines straight into our eyes, branding our reality with her truths in Cold and Tight and Scared. Defiance still rings true in Rosie Rosenberg’s An Anagrammatical Fuck You to the Patriarchy, the bell will keep tolling, loud and clear.

Contents
Halloween – Dimitra Petsa
Cold and Tight and Scared – Charlotte Bell
An Anagrammatical Fuck You to the Patriarchy – Rosie Rosenberg

CONFRONTING RAPE CULTURE are a group of artists, designers, activists and believers, who united to create change. They organise exhibitions, workshops and publications, initiating social activity to raise awareness of rape culture present in all parts of the world, under all disguises. Funded by O2, they are a non-profit organisation focused on addressing issues through creativity

To keep up to date with the group’s activities, please visit
https://www.facebook.com/pg/confrontingrapeculture

Connection
Dimitra Petsa, Charlotte Bell and Rosie Rosenberg
Designer: Debbie Chessell
Editor: Debbie Chessell
Photographer: Molly Baker
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-45-2
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Confronting Rape Culture Chapbook 4,
SLB054
Price – £2
BUY Connection (£2 +£1.20 P&P to UK Address)

For more information on Confronting Rape Culture visit their exhibition at the Museum of Futures (25 March – 2 April 2017, 117 Brighton Road, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames). The exhibition showcases work from over 40 international artists. Through a range of multi-media works, the show discusses how normalized misogynistic and sexist behaviours provide the foundations for domestic abuse, rape, and systematic oppression. The event includes film, performance, workshops, writing, painting, sculpture and installation to open a broad and in-depth conversation.

Exhibiting artists: Ant Stevens, Bryony Wedge, Carolina von Teutul, Dimitra Petsa,  Debbie Chessell,  Holly Duffield, Jamie Christie, Jason Nulty, Yasmine Griffiths-Williams, Lola Normal, Lucy Ross,  Maria Kaffa, Far Awayaa, Molly Baker, Molly Mae Smalls. 

Published Artists: Charlotte Bell,  Dimitra Petsa,  Harriet Bradley,  Katie Hammett,  Bryony Wedge,  Marcus Wratton,  Feven Em,  Far Awayaa.

 

 

The Life and Work of Samuel Phelps – Johnston Forbes-Robertson and W. May Phelps

Samuel Phelps

Title: The Life and Life-Work of Samuel Phelps:
With Three Portraits and Copies of Letters From Men of Eminence and Other Original Documents of Interest to Play-Goers
Author: W. May Phelps and Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
Publisher: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington 
Year: 1886

“As a manager and actor, determined to give of his best to the public, and put into his work his whole heart and soul and strength, Samuel Phelps was without fear; and, as a man, without reproach. In every relation of life he was tender, dignified, and righteous ; and in what pertained to the traditions and glory of the English stage, he was the last of all the Romans.”

Samuel Phelps (1804 – 1878) was an English actor and theatre manager. He is known for his productions of William Shakespeare’s plays which were faithful to their original versions. Phelps made his début as Shylock in London at the Haymarket Theatre in 1837. He took over the management of the then-unfashionable Sadler’s Wells Theatre and revolutionised the production of Shakespeare’s plays by restoring Shakespearean performances to the original text of the first folio and away from the adaptations by Colley Cibber, Nahum Tate and David Garrick that had been favoured by the theatre-going public since the Restoration. Phelps staged all but four of Shakespeare’s plays at Sadler’s Wells, some of which (like The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure) hadn’t been performed since their premieres at the Globe Theatre.

Phelps’ most frequently performed role was Hamlet, but he counted Macbeth, Wolsey and Bottom among his greatest achievements. He was generally considered the finest King Lear of his generation, returning to Shakespeare’s version. Phelps other great creation was his Fastaff, which the German publication Gesammelte Werke called his finest role. Sadly, Phelps’ skills declined in old age so that critics no longer cared for his work in tragic plays, approving only his performances in comic roles like Falstaff and Bottom. But in his prime, he was the most versatile actor of his generation.

Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson

Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853 – 1937) was an English actor and theatre manager. He was considered the finest Hamlet of the Victorian era and one of the finest actors of his time. Born in London, he was the eldest of the eleven children of John Forbes-Robertson, a theatre critic and journalist from Aberdeen, and his wife Frances. He was educated at Charterhouse. Originally intending to become an artist, he trained for three years at the Royal Academy. He began a theatrical career, out of a desire to be self-supporting, when the dramatist William Gorman Wills, who had seen him in private theatricals, offered him a role in his play Mary Queen of Scots. His many performances led him into, among other things, travel to the U.S., and work with Sir Henry Irving. He was hailed as one of the most individual and refined of English actors.

A statue of Forbes-Robertson by Brenda Putnam (1932) can be found at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and there is a memorial plaque in Bedford Square, London.

W. May Phelps was the nephew of Samuel Phelps.

This book is twinned with Theatre of Rags by Francesca Albini (pub. 2017) read more about it here.

Breathe Through This If You Can – Kevin Acott

The first instalment in Kevin Acott’s chapbook travel series as he traverses the globe in search of adventure and literary inspiration. Breathe Through This If You Can is a chapbook full of longing, a poetic work whose heroes are missing. The trace of their lives live on in forgotten objects, in places vacated and the narratives that are captured in this chapbook.

Kevin Acott is a London-based model, cult singer, poet and astronaut. He’s currently having a few months off to wander about a bit, take photos, hang around, watch, be watched, talk, listen, write down everything everyone says to him, worry about injuries to Spurs players and eat cheese.

 This book is dedicated to the people of Enfield, Middlesex and Enfield, North Carolina.

Breathe Through This If You Can:
The truths of Virginia Dare, lost colonist
Kevin Acott
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-48-3
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Acott Travel Chapbook 1
SLB057
Print run of 100
Price – £5
BUY Breathe Through This If You Can (£5 + £1.20 P&P to UK and Worldwide Addresses)

The Acott Travel Series (1-6) is kindly supported by Robert Birtwell, Stephen Hoole, Aidan Putland, Bill Mudge, Deborah Alma, Fiona Coffey, Deborah Gibbs, Alison Smith, Danny Jones, Fredwyn Hosier, Liz Lefroy, Mary Dearth, Andrew Ratcliff, Dawn Costello, Mark Rudman, Neil Hatswell, Kathryn Yates, Iain Inglis, Jacob Beeson and Harvey Wells.

Proud Maisie – Bertha Thomas

Proud Maisie by ANTHONY FREDERICK AUGUSTUS SANDYS (1829-1904)

Title: Proud Maisie: A Novel
Author: Bertha Thomas
Publisher:
Sampson Low & Co
Year: 1877

A novel of complicated relationships among five people: “… five lives were at stake—Hilda’s, Jasper’s, Leopold Meredith’s, Sophie’s, and mine” … Hilda was married to Jasper, but was in love with Leopold Meredith. Meredith was married to Sophie, but, without being in love with Hilda, was quite ready to run away with her, merely to disgrace her because she had previously rejected him for a wealthier suitor. Jasper was in love with the heroine, and had found out what a mistake he had made in jilting her when he had married Hilda. The heroine, Proud Maisie, was in love with Jasper, and was watching with a spiteful eye the unhappy life that he and his wife were leading. Besides this a famous old German musician, and a young opera singer who was rising into fame, were both in love with Maisie also.

Bertha Thomas was born in 1845 in Shelsley, Worcestershire, the daughter of Canon John Thomas (d. 1883). She trained as an artist before turning to literature, writing seven novels, many of which were serialized in London Society. From the 1880s, she lived in London, sometimes with her unmarried sister Frances Olivia, a musician. She never married and died in 1918. The hybrid and the outsider are common themes in Thomas’ work but also issues of gender, the role of women and differences between class structures in Wales and England. She has a cultural significance as a feminist and an atypical member of the ‘New Woman’ movement of writers, and for the Anglo-Welsh cultural sensibilities she brought to her works.

Bertha Thomas has cultural significance as a feminist, a “new woman” of the 1890s, whose narratives explore the personal and emotional conflict experienced by people torn between multiple ethnicities or between different social and national groups. Keenly observed her characters have a sharp eye for the humorous and satirical and stories are by turns Gothic, romantic, humorous, fantastic, and satirical, but always engagingly written.

This book is twinned with Levels by Far Awayaa, Sogol Sur and Joe Caplin (pub. 2017) read more about it here.

Absolute Truths – Feven Em, Sogol Sur, Rosie Rosenberg

The third chapbook in the Confronting Rape Culture Series (edited by Debbie Chessell) includes 3 new written works. Feven Em’s work is a placard of defiance in a toxic political environment, a time to turn the tide. We welcome back Sogor Sur who evokes such powerful imagery, taste and sense of place that to read it is to sate the appetites of the mind and imagination. Rosie Rosenberg catches the eye, and asks you to take a closer look. Do not measure what you see by using the tired old scales and rules you have always used, the person you see before you deserves more than this, give them your full attention.

Contents
Victims of Dollar Imperialism – Feven Em
Nothing is Wrong – Sogol Sur
Grey – Rosie Rosenberg

CONFRONTING RAPE CULTURE are a group of artists, designers, activists and believers, who united to create change. They organise exhibitions, workshops and publications, initiating social activity to raise awareness of rape culture present in all parts of the world, under all disguises. Funded by O2, they are a non-profit organisation focused on addressing issues through creativity

To keep up to date with the group’s activities, please visit
https://www.facebook.com/pg/confrontingrapeculture

Absolute Truths
Feven Em, Sogol Sur, Rosie Rosenberg
Designer: Lucy Ross
Editor: Debbie Chessell
Photographer: Molly Baker
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-44-5
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Confronting Rape Culture Chapbook 3,
SLB053
Price – £2
BUY Absolute Truths (£2 + £1.20 P&P to UK Address)

This Saturday 18th March 2017 Confronting Rape Culture are collaborating with Birmingham’s ‘Own It! Campaign’ in the form of a workshop at Housmans Bookshop, Kings Cross, London. This 3 hour workshop will investigate the impacts of sexism in advertising, followed by a group effort to redefine our beauty standards. The workshop is designed to help women realise and celebrate their beauty and potential by providing them with tools to build their self-esteem in a patriarchal and misogynistic world.

Places are limited. Free refreshments.
Entry: £3
More info – https://www.facebook.com/events/386202315077439/

 

The Conquest of the Moon – André Laurie

Title: The Conquest of the Moon: A Story of the Bayouda
Author: André  Laurie
Publisher:
Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
Year: 1889

The Conquest of the Moon is one of Laurie’s most interesting science fiction novels and probably one of the most fanciful cosmic tales of all times. In it, a consortium which intends to exploit the Moon’s mineral resources decides that, since our satellite is too far to be reached, it must be brought closer to the Earth. A Sudanese mountain composed of pure iron ore becomes the headquarters of the newly established Selene Company. Solar reflectors are used to provide the energy required to convert the mountain into a huge electro-magnet, with miles of cables wrapped around it. A spaceship/observatory is then built on top of the mountain. When the experiment begins, the mountain is ripped away from the Earth and catapulted to the Moon. There, the protagonists have various adventures and eventually return to Earth by re-energizing the mountain.

André Laurie

Laurie, André was the pseudonym of Paschal Grousset (1845-1909), French politician and author. Grousset also published under the pseudonyms of Philippe Daryl, Tiburce Moray and Léopold Virey.

Grousset was born in Corsica, and studied medicine before commencing a journalistic career. As a result of an attempt by Grousset to challenge Prince Pierre-Napoleon Bonaparte to a duel during 1870, Grousset’s second, Victor Noir was shot and killed by Bonaparte during a quarrel. Later the same year Grousset was sentenced to six months imprisonment. He was arrested again in 1872 and deported to New Caledonia. He escaped, and lived in Sydney, San Francisco and London, making a living by teaching French. He returned to France after the 1880 amnesty, becoming involved in literature and physical culture, but eventually returning to politics and, in 1893, becoming a Socialist Deputy for the 12th arrondissement of Paris.

This book is twinned with Christina’s Moon by Jill Hedges (pub.2017) read more about it here.

Theatre of Rags – Francesca Albini

A theatre of scruffy dolls performing on an eternal stage.
Francesca Albini is back with another mysterious episode from her dreamtime world. Bagpuss meets Tales of the Unexpected in a patchworks adventure that stretches the stitches of reality.

The origins of this new chapbook have a twist in the making.
Francesca decided to take her ragdolls to the Virgin Money Lounge where she could photograph them on their white piano ready for the book. Peter Cook of Human Dynamics and the Academy of Rock was in the lounge with his famous burnt guitar (it was burnt at IBM during an experiment in creativity. Amazingly, it still works). Intrigued with Francesca’s ragdoll diorama Cook very kindly lent her the guitar and allowed her dolls to play on it. They were very gentle of course, no burning, dropping, scratch marks or broken strings.

Francesca Albini with Peter Cook’s guitar

Theatre of Rags
Francesca Albini
Published February 2017
ISBN  9781910578476
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour,
Dreamtime Chapbook 3
SLB056
Limited print run of 100
Price – £2
BUY Theatre of Rags (£2 + £1.20 P&P to UK Address)

Francesca Albini is still a translator, writer and mixed media artist. She is also a doll-maker.
She has published 3 books with Sampson Low and edits/compiles the Dreamtime Chapbook series

Levels – Far Awayaa, Sogol Sur and Joe Caplin

The second chapbook in the Confronting Rape Culture Series (edited by Debbie Chessell) includes 3 written works from newly published authors.

Contents
Lust in Silence – Far Awayaa
Game – Sogol Sur
Kintsugi – Joe Caplin

Far Awayaa
Awayaa started writing spoken word around September 2015 and performs whenever opportunities arise. She is studying Biology at Kingston University of London. You can keep up to date with the influences and experiences that prompt her to write by visiting https://farawayaa.wordpress.com/

Sogol Sur
Iranian London-based poet and writer.

Joe Caplin
Joe is a performer/poet on the London circuit and can be seen regularly at Extra Second London (Vogue Fabrics Dalston).

CONFRONTING RAPE CULTURE are a group of artists, designers, activists and believers, who united to create change. They organise exhibitions, workshops and publications, initiating social activity to raise awareness of rape culture present in all parts of the world, under all disguises. Funded by O2, they are a non-profit organisation focused on addressing issues through creativity

To keep up to date with the group’s activities, please visit
https://www.facebook.com/pg/confrontingrapeculture

Levels
Far Awayaa, Sogol Sur and Joe Caplin
Designer: Debbie Chessell
Editor: Debbie Chessell
Photographer: Maria Kaffa
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-43-8
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Confronting Rape Culture Chapbook 2,
SLB052
Price – £2
BUY Levels (£2 + £1.20 P&P to UK Address)

This Saturday (11th March 2017) Confronting Rape Culture has teamed up with a group of young and upcoming poets, writers and spoken work artists from across London to bring you an evening of language and performance discussing rape culture in contemporary society.
Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road, London, United Kingdom
7pm -10pm
Free non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided.
£3 entry.
SoGol Sur
Feven Em
Tanaka Makoni
Sofia Palm
Rosie Rosenberg
Joe Caplin
Tommy Everson
Far Awayaa
Alex Salmoh
We have a short open mic session at the end, come join us!

 

Landmarks of a Literary Life – Mrs. Newton Crosland

Title: Landmarks of a Literary Life, 1820-1892
Author: Mrs Newton Crosland (Camilla Dufour Toulmin)
Publisher: Sampson Low, Marston & Company Limited
Year: 1893

Camilla Dufour Toulmin (Mrs Newton Crosland)

Landmarks of a Literary Life recorded Mrs Crosland’s meetings with leading figures in the world of art and literature during her long career as a writer. Crosland’s memoir recalls her acquaintance with writers such as the poet Robert Browning, the novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and the journalist Douglas Jerrold. She also describes meetings with several artists, including the sculptor Hiram Powers and the French animal painter Rosa Bonheur.

Writing during the midst of oppressive Victorian social codes for women, Camilla Toulmin Crosland challenges the accepted codes of work, marriage, and education for women in her short fiction. Her address is mainly to the middle class on the behalf of the working class, but she specifically appeals to middle-class women, who she thinks have the opportunity and responsibility to better the condition of their sisters.

Camilla Dufour Toulmin (1812-1895), later Mrs Newton Crosland
Camilla Dufour Toulmin was born on 9th June 1812 at Aldermanbury, London. Camilla was the daughter of  William Wilton Toulmin (1767-1820), a London solicitor, and his second wife Sarah Wright (1783-1863). Camilla’s father died when she was eight years of age and although “she evinced exceptional precocity, being able to read at the age of three years”, she received little formal education and was essentially self taught. In her mid-twenties she embarked on a literary career, contributing poems, stories, essays, historical sketches and short biographies to a range of periodicals including ‘The People’s Journal,’ ‘The Illustrated London News’, ‘Ainsworth’s Magazine,’ and ‘Chambers’ Journal’. Many of Miss Toulmin’s early stories were concerned with ” the sufferings of the poor”.

In 1848, Miss Toulmin married an American-born wine merchant named Newton Crosland (1819-1899). Under the name of Mrs Newton Crosland, she published a collection of poems and two novels, ‘Mrs Blake’ (1865) and ‘Hubert Freeth’s Prosperity’ (1873). In her early eighties, towards the end of her life, Mrs Crosland produced her memoir ‘Landmarks of a Literary Life’. Mrs Camilla Crosland died at her home in East Dulwich on 16th February 1895.

This book is twinned with Venus as a Boy by Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa (pub.2017) read more about it here.

The Oubliettes
A poem by Camilla Dufour Crosland based on Victor Hugo, describing an offence against the modesty of a sleeping woman.

If sulphurous light had shone from this vile well
One might have said it was a mouth of hell,
So large the trap that by some sudden blow
A man might backward fall and sink below.
Who looked could see a harrow’s threatening teeth,
But lost in night was everything beneath.
Partitions blood-stained have a reddened smear,
And Terror unrelieved is master here.
One feels the place has secret histories
Replete with dreadful murderous mysteries,
And that this sepulchre, forgot to-day,
Is home of trailing ghosts that grope their way
Along the walls where spectre reptiles crawl.
“Our fathers fashioned for us after all
Some useful things,” said Joss; then Zeno spoke:
“I know what Corbus hides beneath its cloak,
I and the osprey know its ancient walls
And how was justice done within its halls.”
“And are you sure that Mahaud will not wake?”
“Her eyes are closed as now my fist I make;
She is in mystic and unearthly sleep;
The potion still its power o’er her must keep.”
“But she will surely wake at break of day?”
“In darkness.”
“What will all the courtiers say
When in the place of her they find two men?”
“To them we will declare ourselves—and then
They at our feet will fall.”
“Where leads this hole?”
“To where the crow makes feast and torrents roll,
To desolation. Let us end it now.”

These young and handsome men had seemed to grow
Deformed and hideous—so doth foul black heart
Disfigure man, till beauty all depart.
So to the hell within the human face
Transparent is. They nearer move apace;
And Mahaud soundly sleeps as in a bed.
“To work.”
Joss seizes her and holds her head
Supporting her beneath her arms, in his;
And then he dared to plant a monstrous kiss
Upon her rosy lips,—while Zeno bent
Before the massive chair, and with intent
Her robe disordered as he raised her feet;
Her dainty ankles thus their gaze to meet.
And while the mystic sleep was all profound,
The pit gaped wide like grave in burial ground.