SWARD: skin of the earth – Lucy Furlong

sward (n.)
Meaning “sod, turf” developed from the notion of the “skin” of the earth (compare Old Norse grassvörðr, Danish grønsvær “greensward”).

I first came across the word ‘sward’ in the work of Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) the prolific Victorian author and naturalist. This work was inspired partly by Jefferies’ walks in Tolworth and named after his frequent use of ‘sward’ in his writing.

Richard Jefferies lived in Tolworth from 1877 to 1882 (look out for the blue plaque above number 296 Ewell Road). A book of his essays, Nature Near London, describes what he encountered on his long daily walks through Tolworth and the surrounding
areas. Some of this we are lucky enough to be able still to see today, but much of it is under threat from urban development.

This walk along the central reservation of the A240 Kingston Road, from the Tolworth Roundabout to the border with Surrey, represented in the form of this chapbook, is for those who see this stretch of grass and trees in the middle of the road as the marker for going on an adventure into the countryside, and as a sign of returning home from our journeys.

Lucy Furlong is a writer, poet and walking artist, whose family have lived in Tolworth for generations.

SWARD
skin of the earth
Lucy Furlong
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-31-6
Designed by Mel Hetherington
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
SLB0144
Print run of 150
Price – £2.60
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Self Portrait by Night – James Knight

James Knight is an experimental poet and digital artist. Void Voices, his
polyphonic reimagining of Dante’s Inferno, was published by Hesterglock
Press in 2018. A book of his visual poems entitled Chimera is due from
Penteract Press in 2020.

www.thebirdking.com

Self Portrait by Night
James Knight
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-34-7
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 37
SLB0147
Print run of 100
Price – £2.60
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Wordplayful – Poems to amuse and amaze

Puns and puzzles, poems that can be read vertically or in reverse, wordplay in a variety of forms… but, yes, all formal poems, stuffed full of rhyme, rhythm and rich language.

The “Potcake Chapbook” series is named for the dogs of the Bahamas and the Caribbean – strays that live off the burnt scrapings of cooking pots. The poems in the series are a mixed bunch – but the potcake of our logo wears a bow tie to show that he and all the poems are formal. These poems are memorable in part because they rhyme and scan, as all truly memorable poetry does. We subscribe to the use of form, no matter how formless the times in which we live.

Wordplayful
Poems to amuse and amaze
Bob McKenty, Robin Helweg-Larsen, Sam Gwynn, Dervla Ramaswamy, John Beaton, George Simmers, A.E. Stallings, Daniel Galef, Rob Stuart, Noam D. Plum, Marcus Bales, Chris O’Carroll, Edmund Conti
Published January 2020
Series Editor Robin Helweg-Larsen
Illustrated by Alban Low
ISBN 978-1-912960-32-3
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Potcake Chapbook 6
SLB145
Print run of 250
Price – £2.60
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Beastings – SJ Fowler

Lyrics and expanded poems by SJ Fowler.

Animals as lighted pathways, dreams of dark rivers that couldn’t be real and what can be picked up and what is too heavy to be picked up.

Beastings
12 poems for an EP by Diamanda Dramm
SJ Fowler
Published November 2019
A5 Size
32 printed pages
Colour
SLB0138
Print run of 200
Price – £4.99
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As a result of the long standing collaboration with Diamanda Dramm’s an album was made of SJ Fowler’s poems.

https://prettypurgatory.bandcamp.com/album/beastings

1930s Musicians of Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush

Discover the homes and lives of 1930s musicians who lived and worked in Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush. Including short biographies from famous residents to more forgotten names.

Alban Low is a London based artist who illustrates album artwork, publishes books, designs maps, and organises inclusive exhibitions. He is artist-in-residence on the radio programme A World in London with DJ Ritu.
http://www.albanlow.com/

1930s Musicians of Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush
Alban Low
Published December 2019
ISBN 978-1-912960-29-3
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
A World in London Chapbook 7
SLB0142
Print run of 100
Price – £2.60
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Walk the route

Musicians and locations –
1. Leo McCormack – 25 College Court, Hammersmith, W6 9BT
2. Hammersmith Gaumont – Hammersmith Apollo, W6 9QH
3. Hammersmith Palais – 242 Shepherds Bush Rd, W6 7NL
4. William Hinkinson – 5 Iffley Rd, Hammersmith, W6 0PB
5. Harold Patrick – 47 Iffley Rd, Hammersmith, W6 0PB
6. Edwin Sowden – 17 Beauclerc Rd, W6 0NS
7. Arthur Lousley – 79 Sulgrave Rd, Hammersmith, W6 7QH
8. Louis Mordish – 10 Melrose Terrace, Hammersmith, W6 7RL
9. Arthur Dean – 51 Shepherds Bush Rd, W6 7LU
10. Leslie Dunk – 34 Batoum Gardens, W6 7QD
11. Tom Balderson – 8 Lena Gardens, Hammersmith, W6 7QA
12. Harry Lewis – 123 Shepherds Bush Rd, W6 7PB
13. Cecil Walden – 77 Sterndale Rd, Hammersmith, W14 0HX
14. Oscar Rabin – 45 Dewhurst Rd, Hammersmith, W14 0ES
15. George Patterson – 52 Dewhurst Rd, Hammersmith, W14 0ES
16. Arthur Weighill – 45 Maclise Rd, Hammersmith, W14 0PR
17. Olympia – Hammersmith Rd, W14 8UX
18. Gerald Emms – 64 Holland Rd, Kensington, W14 8BB
19. Alf Edwards – 86B Holland Rd, Kensington, W14 8BN
20. Alec Blackford – 69 Elsham Rd, Kensington, W14 8HD
21. Harold Sherrell – 128 Holland Rd, Kensington, W14 8BD
22. Paul Fenoulhet – 138 Sinclair Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 0NL
23. Charles Meier – 129 Holland Rd, Kensington, W14 8AS
24. Julie Saumarez – 178 Holland Rd, Kensington, W14 8AH
25. Herzl Laikin – 196 Holland Rd, Kensington, W14 8AH
26. Max Lewin – 7 Sinclair Mansions Richmond Way, W12 8LN
27. Gerard Snoeck – 51 Richmond Gdns (now W12 Shopping Centre
28. Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT
29. Abraham and Joseph Popplesdorf – 28 Pennard Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8DS

Thank you to Roy Cooke; M.G. Thomas; The National Jazz Archives; Leslie Michael Baldock ; Melody Maker; NME; The British Newspaper Archives; The National Archives; BBC; the team at A World In London (DJ Ritu, Sophie Darling, Norman Druker, Lucas Keen, Patrick Bernard); The Gramophone Record Store; and my wife Natalie.

The names and addresses of musicians in this book have been sourced from Musician’s Union handbooks from the 1930s. Every effort has been made to research and verify information and we are grateful to those experts who have helped in the making of this series. If you know any additional information or corrections then we would love to include them in future editions.

1930s Musicians of Mortlake, East Sheen and Barnes – Alban Low

Discover the homes and lives of 1930s musicians who lived and worked in East Sheen, Mortlake and Barnes. Including short biographies from famous residents to more forgotten names.

Alban Low is a London based artist who illustrates album artwork, publishes books, designs maps, and organises inclusive exhibitions. He is artist-in-residence on the radio programme A World in London with DJ Ritu.
http://www.albanlow.com/

1930s Musicians of East Sheen, Mortlake and Barnes
Alban Low
Published November 2019
ISBN  978-1-912960-25-5
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
A World in London Chapbook 6
SLB0137
Print run of 100
Price – £2.60
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Walk the route

Musicians and locations –
1. Herbert Clay (violin) – 22 Rothesay Avenue, TW10 5EA
2. Harold ‘Bert’ Heath (trumpet) – 12 Leinster Ave, East Sheen, SW14 7JP
3. Winifred Copperwheat (viola) – 4 Westhay Gardens, SW14 7RU
4. Aubrey Brain (French horn) – 22 Richmond Park Rd, East Sheen, SW14 8JT
5. Michael Graydon (French horn) – 7 Park Drive, SW14 8RB
6. Sheelah Field (harp) – 14 Sunbury Avenue, SW14 8RA
7. Arthur Bliss (composer/conductor) – Old Mortlake Burial Ground, SW14 8BP
8. The Bull’s Head – 373 Lonsdale Rd, SW13 9PY
9. Victor Moon (violin) – 38 Brookwood Ave, SW13 0LR
10. Eric James (piano/composer/arranger) – 23 Brookwood Avenue, SW13 0LR
11. Bobby Howell (musical director) – 29 The Crescent, SW13 0NN
12. Walter Harding (piano) – 42 Hillersdon Ave, SW13 0EF
13. Violet Pusey (violin) – 43 Glebe Rd, SW13 0EB
14. George Harlow (cornet) – 72 Elm Grove Rd, Barnes, SW13 0BX
15. Jimmy Mayers (trumpet) – 4 The Crescent, SW13 0NN
16. Frederick Thurston (clarinet) – 22 Lowther Rd, Barnes, SW13 9NX
17. David Andrews (piano) – 49 Castelnau, Barnes, SW13 9RT
18. Percy Whitaker (flute) – 33 Ullswater Rd, Barnes, SW13 9PL
19. George Alexander (piano) – The Coach House, 105 Castelnau, SW13 9EL
20. Joy Boughton (oboe) – 117 Lonsdale Rd, Barnes, SW13 9DA
21. Thomas Wightman (bassoon) – 49 Lonsdale Rd, Barnes, SW13 9JR
22. Mary Keel (oboe) and Frederick Keel (composer) – 207 Castelnau, Barnes, SW13 9EA

Thank you to Roy Cooke; M.G. Thomas; The National Jazz Archives; The British Library; Melody Maker; NME; The British Newspaper Archives; The National Archives; BBC; the team at A World In London (DJ Ritu, Sophie Darling, Norman Druker, Lucas Keen, Patrick Bernard); The Gramophone Record Store; and my wife Natalie.

The names and addresses of musicians in this book have been sourced from Musician’s Union handbooks from the 1930s. Every effort has been made to research and verify
information and we are grateful to those experts who have helped in the making of this series. If you know any additional information or corrections then we would love to
include them in future editions. Contact alban.low@sampsonlow.com

Flash #MyLandmarks – Museum of Walking Chapbook

During September 2019, the Museum of Walking invited people to submit a flash writing piece of 250 words (or under) about a place that is meaningful and significant to them. We were open to personal impressions, stories or descriptions of buildings, natural elements like trees, lakes or places anywhere in the world.

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Flash #MyLandmarks includes the winning stories from Andrew Anderson, Ruth Bradshaw, Paul Chown, Mel Davies, Carrie Dunne, Alison Fure, Pennie Hedge, Laurence Sullivan and Amanda Tuke.

The competition was judged by N G Bristow (screen writer, director and visual artist running the MA in Directing Fiction at Goldsmiths, University of London), Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone (author, editor and tutor on the Novel Studio at City, University of London) and Andrew Stuck (Founding Director of the Museum of Walking).

Flash #MyLandmarks
Stories of special places
Andrew Anderson, Ruth Bradshaw, Paul Chown, Mel Davies, Carrie Dunne, Alison Fure,
Pennie Hedge, Laurence Sullivan and Amanda Tuke
Published November 2019
ISBN 978-1-912960-33-0
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Museum of Walking Chapbook 4
SLB0146
Print run of 100
Price – £3.99
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Strip Down – Poems of modern life

Medical progress blasting us ahead… technological progress leaving us behind… politics setting us against each other without providing coherent answers… It’s hard to know if this the start of a new and exciting era or the end of the world. But probably it’s just business as usual for humans.

The “Potcake Chapbook” series is named for the dogs of the Bahamas and the Caribbean – strays that live off the burnt scrapings of cooking pots. The poems in the series are a mixed bunch – but the potcake of our logo wears a bow tie to show that he and all the poems are formal. These poems are memorable in part because they rhyme and scan, as all truly memorable poetry does. We subscribe to the use of form, no matter how formless the times in which we live.

Strip Down
Poems of modern life
Marcus Bales, D.A. Prince, Brian Allgar, Robin Helweg-Larsen, A.E. Stallings, Tom Vaughan, Vera Ignatowitsch, George Simmers, Susan de Sola, Claudia Gary, Antonia Clark, David Galef, Paula Mahon, Gail White
Published October 2019
Series Editor Robin Helweg-Larsen
Illustrated by Alban Low
ISBN 978-1-912960-23-1
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Potcake Chapbook 5
SLB135
Print run of 250
Price – £2.60
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One Small Step – Flash fiction inspired by the first Moon Walk

On the 20th July 1969 Neil Armstrong, one of the three members of the Apollo II crew, uttered those famous words as he was the first human being to step and then walk on the Moon. A global televised event, the first Moon Walk not only evokes a nostalgia for an as yet unrealised future of the Space Age, but also a discomfort around the language of colonisation and conquest, inspiring the Museum of Walking to run the One Small Step Creative Writing Walkshop, held on the 20th July 2019 and to hold the One Small Step Flash Writing Competition.

One Small Step includes the winning stories from Andrew Anderson, Laura Besley, Ned Carter Miles, Mel Davies, Phoebe Demeger, Gordon Duncan, Carrie Dunne, Jason
Jawando, Kate Kirby, Andy Lavender, Roz Mascall, Nora Nadjarian, Helen Ottaway, Sylvia Petter, Bart Van Goethem and Diane Woodrow. The competition was judged by N G Bristow (screen writer, director and visual artist running the MA in Directing Fiction at Goldsmiths,
University of London), Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone (author, editor and tutor on the Novel Studio at City, University of London) and Andrew Stuck (Founding Director of the
Museum of Walking).

One Small Step
Flash fiction inspired by the first Moon Walk
Andrew Anderson, Laura Besley, Ned Carter Miles, Mel Davies, Phoebe Demeger, Gordon Duncan, Carrie Dunne, Jason Jawando, Kate Kirby, Andy Lavender, Roz Mascall, Nora Nadjarian, Helen Ottaway, Sylvia Petter, Bart Van Goethem and Diane Woodrow
Published October 2019
ISBN 978-1-912960-27-9
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Museum of Walking Chapbook 3
SLB0139
Print run of 200
Price – £3.99
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