Seeethingographer #2 Summer 2017: Going Home

A collection of writing and images on the theme of ‘Going Home’.

A word from our guest editor Sinead Keegan…..
Reading through the submissions for this issue of The Seethingographer was a peek behind the curtains and around the corners of the spaces people call home. These pages are filled with the nuances of what it means to go home, from Alan Boyce’s gritty reality of homelessness to the hearth fairy of Julia Rose Lewis. Sometimes we find ourselves on the threshold, neither home nor away from home, as in Roger Leege’s ‘Fast Food’ which showed me a moment from my own childhood, and Maite Lisa Jordao’s permanent liminal emigrant existence ‘Coming Home’. Whether you know the places described, or they are alien, like Jim Lawrence’s cosmic view ‘Super Ape’, at the heart of all the pieces is the home we all know or perhaps long for. Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the homecoming.

The Seethingographer #2 Summer 2017:
Going Home

Roger Leege, Ahrend Torrey, Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, Julia Rose Lewis, Pat Cann, Marc Stanley, Alan Boyce, Maite Lisa Jordao, Devon Balwit and Jim Lawrence.
Guest Editor: Sinead Keegan
Series Editor: Lucy Furlong
Design and Layout: The Marvellous Smellymaroo
Published June 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-54-4
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Seethingography imprint chapbook 4
SLB063
Price – £2
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If You Came This Way: A Guide to Meditation – Kevin Acott

If You Came This Way is the third instalment in Kevin Acott’s travel chapbook series. The themes and desires of this book lie somewhere between San Francisco and London. Kevin spent a week in a zen retreat in San Francisco before travelling back to London. The next stop on Kevin’s journey is Greenland.

One Amazon reviewer described it as ‘Cartland on Acid’ but it owes more to a kind of mindfulness that would have been perfected by Serge Gainsbourg.

If You Came This Way:
A Guide to Meditation
Kevin Acott
Published May 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-52-0
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Acott Travel Chapbook 3
SLB061
Print run of 100
Price – £5
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Kingston’s Apple Story – Alison Fure

I am apple. I am somewhat ovate, my skin is thinly strewed with minute brown dots, interspersed with slight patches of delicate russet; but faintly mottled on the side exposed to the sun.

My ‘wassail’ or pomological tale begins when orchards thrived in the districts of Norbiton, Hook, Chessington, Coombe and Tolworth; well before the closure of the Apple Market.

Kingston’s Apple Story:
By a Michelson’s Seedling
Alison Fure
Designed by Mel Hetherington
Series editor: Lucy Furlong
Published May 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-51-3
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Seethingography imprint chapbook 3
SLB060
Price – £2
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Alison Fure is a field ecologist specialising in bats. She is a director at Kingston Environment Centre and a licence trainer for the London Bat Group.

She believes that orchards can help soften the impact of urbanisation; if each child could plant an apple tree – in their name – it would halt the spread of ‘green desert’.

Contact Alison at http://alisonfure.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Space, Peace and the Stuff Fairytales are Made of – Anita Williamson

“Like many six-year-old children Vincent-Valentino is fascinated by space. He spends hours in the garden building rockets out of random objects, such as crates, cable drums and various bits of wood we’ve raided from skips….”

Space, Peace and the Stuff Fairytales are Made of:
Collaborative Art from the Williamson Family
Anita Williamson
Published April 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-50-6
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Chapbook 17
SLB059
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Join the facebook group ‘Lavender and lightbulbs’ for information on future events and whole range of Montessori creative ideas for children.

Inukshut – Kevin Acott

Inukshut is the second chapbook in Kevin Acott’s series as he travels down from Vancouver to San Francisco via Seattle, Washington State and Oregon.

“In March this year, I went to a First Nations restaurant in Vancouver and had one of the best meals of my life. While I was waiting to be served, the manager bought me a book to read. It was a book about the systematic removal, abuse and stripping of identity of hundreds of thousands of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children in Canada. Earlier that day, I’d been reading on the Guardian website about the forced deportation of children from the UK to Australia and the discovery of the remains of hundreds of  babies in a mass grave in Tuam in Galway.  I found myself momentarily resenting the bloke in the restaurant for showing me the book: all I wanted was an ‘exotic’ meal…”
Kevin Acott

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 Misha, to the Salmon ‘n’ Bannock in Vancouver and to the survivors, families, journalists and supporters who are keeping the fight going.

Inukshut
Kevin Acott
Published April 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-49-0
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Acott Travel Chapbook 2
SLB058
Print run of 100
Price – £5
Inukshut (£5 + £1.20 P&P to UK and Worldwide Addresses)

Lost in the Jungle – Paul Belloni Du Chaillu

 

Title: Lost in the Jungle: Narrated for young people
Author:  Paul Belloni Du Chaillu
Publisher:
Sampson Low and Marston
Year: 1870

Paul Belloni Du Chaillu (1835 – 1903) was a French-American traveller, zoologist, and anthropologist. He became famous in the 1860s as the first modern European outsider to confirm the existence of gorillas, and later the Pygmy people of central Africa. In his youth, he accompanied his father to the west coast of Africa where, at a station on the Gabon, he was educated by missionaries and acquired an interest in and knowledge of the country, its natural history, its natives, and their languages before emigrating to the U.S. in 1852.

He was sent in 1855 by the Academy of Natural Sciences at Philadelphia on an African expedition. Until 1859, he explored the regions of West Africa in the neighbourhood of the equator, gaining considerable knowledge of the delta of the Ogooué River and the estuary of the Gabon. During his travels from 1856 to 1859, he observed numerous gorillas and brought back dead specimens and presented himself as the first white European person to have seen them.

A subsequent expedition, from 1863 to 1865, enabled him to confirm the accounts given by the ancients of a pygmy people inhabiting the African forests. Du Chaillu sold his hunted gorillas to the Natural History Museum in London and his “cannibal skulls” to other European collections; a cased group can be seen in the Ipswich Museum in Suffolk, England.

Paul Du Chaillu also collected and identified a number of new species to science during his travels. He was the first person to scientifically describe the giant otter shrew (Potamogale velox).

He was a member along with a variety of mostly literary figures in author J. M. Barrie’s amateur cricket team, the “Allahakbarries”. He died following a stroke of paralysis at St. Petersburg, while on a scholarly visit to Russia. He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City.

This book is twinned with Breathe Through This If You Can: The truths of Virginia Dare, lost colonist by Kevin Acott (pub.2017) read more about it here.

 

Rescue Work by Women among Women – Mary Hannah Steer

 

 

Miss Mary H. Steer

Title: Rescue Work by Women among Women
in Women’s Mission by A. Burdett-Coutts
Author: Miss Mary Hannah Steer
Publisher:
Sampson Low, Marston & Co
Year: 1893

Mary Hannah Steer was born in 1846 at Torpoint, Cornwall. She was the eldest child of five children born to Joseph and Hannah Steer. Her father was a Congregational Minister who had a number of different ministries, including that of the Congregational church in Tottenham.  Mary became a committed Christian at a very young age and helped her father in his church work. She never married and remained a deeply religious woman.

Miss Mary H. Steer  wrote her paper on Rescue Work by Women among Women in a collection edited by Baroness Burdett-Coutts. She was always clear that her work was ‘Christian but undenominational’.

“without this merging of our lives into theirs, and a serious and practical study of the world in which these poor degraded ones live, we shall never make the headway we desire in saving that are called the ‘lapsed classes’ … casual visiting among the poor is so often of such little avail in spite of well-meaning efforts.”

Steer made contact with women through ‘the doubles’ (lodging-houses providing double rooms with no questions asked). She would ask them round for tea, and with a mix of patience, advice and prayer she would gently push forward with her pioneering work. She acquired a house in Prince’s Square that accommodated six women, and in 1884 three houses in Betts Street (Stepney/Wapping) which was a street of the worst possible repute. In 1888 a new refuge and night shelter was opened in Betts Street by Adeline, Marchioness of Tavistock (later the Duchess of Bedford), who was a keen supporter of Steer’s work. The night shelter in Stepney catered for destitute women, and was able to accommodate 18 women. The refuge was very close to the sites of the Jack the Ripper murderers and at that time, panic and hysteria were rife in Stepney. The team also conducted ‘rescue work among fallen women’, and preventive work with girls. They established a mother and baby home (for seven mothers) in Walthamstow  and in due course  five children’s homes, in outer London.

Mary Steer was a friend of Annie McPhearson and Dr Barnardo. Like them she enthusiastically supported and promoted schemes to send destitute and vulnerable children to Canada where, she believed, they would be able to make a better useful Christian life than would be the case if they stayed in England.

This is twinned with Absolute Truths by Feven Em, Sogol Sur, Rosie Rosenberg (pub.2017). Read more about it here.

 

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
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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.

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.