Outthinking Wenger – Kevin Acott

“On the 29th March, 2017, in the midst of the travelling he’d done so much to encourage, my friend Paul died. He was an astonishing person, someone whose mere presence made you feel you too were an astonishing person. I wish I could have shown you his words – always elegant, witty, compelling and compassionate – but it didn’t feel right. Instead, here are some texts I sent him while he was living so vigorously and brilliantly with the inevitable.”
Kevin Acott

Outthinking Wenger:
A One-Sided Conversation

Kevin Acott
Published September 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-61-2
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Black and white
Acott Travel Chapbook 5
SLB069
Print run of 100
Price – £5
Outthinking Wenger (£5 + £1.20 P&P to UK and Worldwide Addresses)

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future dentist. – Molly Bergin

Molly Bergin is a poet and graphic artist. She has read her work at Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, Apiary Studios and exhibited at Museum of Futures. She is a graduate of Kingston University’s Experiments and Innovations programme.

See more of Molly’s work published here at 3am magazine http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/mollybergin/

Follow her on instagram @mollyrosebergin

future dentist.
Molly Bergin
Published October 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-63-6
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 200
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook Series Edition #1
SLB071
Price – £2.60
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The Writer’s Centre Kingston Sampson Low Poetry Pamphlet series has been designed to evidence the remarkable contemporary and innovative poetry being written by current and recent Kingston University Creative Writing students, this series of beautifully designed pamphlets each features a suite of poems, most often on one theme or in one style, by a solo author. The series mark the first publications of many poets who are very likely to be significant presences on the UK scene and beyond in the coming years.
www.writerscentrekingston.com

Reversing the Spectator – Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge

Alban Low, Bill Mudge and Kevin Acott spent a week together in the South Of France during the June heatwave of 2017. They didn’t have a plan about what they wanted to do, what they might create together. Alban slowly filled his sketchbook with vignettes of village life. Bill, suffering under the relentless sun, retreated to the night-time streets of Limoux and Cambieure, photographing the midnight cats and silent buildings. While Kevin worked on a set of short stories that had been inspired by his travels through the USA, Greenland and now France.

On the 14th June 2017 they walked from the Petite Rue du Palais to the cemetery in Rue Saint-François in Limoux. It was a pilgrimage to visit the grave of Madame Mongin, a neighbour who had died the previous year. Starting at Madame Mongin’s former home they wandered through the largely deserted streets of Limoux. Slowly Alban, Bill and Kevin were separated along the sun-bleached route, eventually meeting once again at the cemetery.

Kevin Acott and Alban Low. Saint-Francois Cemetery, Limoux

Although each of their experiences were different and very personal they have come together in two publications, the chapbook Reversing the Spectator and a paperbook Limoux (ISBN 978-1910578582). The chapbook features the brush and ink sketches of Alban Low and the words of Kevin Acott.

This chapbook is dedicated to Madame Germaine Mongin (1929-2016)

Reversing the Spectator
Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge
Published August 2017
ISBN 9781910578575
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Rare Detail Chapbook
SLB066
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2.60
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(This chapbook contains adult themes)

Life with the Esquimaux – Charles Francis Hall

Title: Life with the Esquimaux:
The Narrative of the Whaling Barque, ‘George Henry”, from the 29th May, 1860, to the 13th September, 1862. With the results of a long intercourse with the Innuits, and full description of their mode of life. (2 volumes)
Author: Captain Charles Francis Hall
Publisher: Sampson Low and Marston
Year: 1864

In 1860, Charles Francis Hall (1821-71), the American explorer, embarked on the first of two voyages to the Canadian Arctic region aimed at investigating the fate of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition of 1847. During his time in the Arctic, Hall lived amongst the Inuit community, learning their language and embracing their everyday life. First published in 1864, Hall’s two-volume work remains of great interest to anthropologists, sociologists and geographers. His eye-witness accounts of the indigenous people’s dwellings, hunting pursuits, birth and death rites, transportation, interpersonal relationships, and survival strategies in severe weather conditions provide an insight into Inuit culture in the nineteenth century. In Volume 2 he tells of his discovery in Frobisher Bay of artefacts from Martin Frobisher’s sixteenth-century mining venture; the survival of these relics, together with his understanding of Inuit memory systems, convinces him that traces of Franklin and his crew may yet be found.

Charles Francis Hall (1821 – November 8, 1871) was an American Arctic explorer. Little is known of Hall’s early life. He was born in the state of Vermont, but while he was still a child his family moved to Rochester, New Hampshire, where, as a boy, he was apprenticed to a blacksmith. In the 1840s he married and drifted westward, arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1849. There he went into business making seals and engraving plates, and later began to publish two small newspapers, The Cincinnati Occasional and The Daily Press.

Around 1857, Hall became interested in the Arctic and spent the next few years studying the reports of previous explorers and trying to raise money for an expedition, primarily intended to learn the fate of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition. In 1860, Hall began his first expedition (1860–63), gaining passage out of New Bedford on the whaler George Henry under Captain Sidney O. Budington, whose uncle James Budington had salvaged Edward Belcher’s exploration ship HMS Resolute, also on the “George Henry”. He got as far as Baffin Island, where the George Henry was forced to winter over.  The Inuit told Hall of surviving relics from Martin Frobisher’s mining venture at Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island. Hall soon travelled there to see them first-hand, drawing upon the inestimable assistance of his newly found Inuit guides Ebierbing (“Joe”) and Tookoolito (“Hannah”).

Hall also learned what he interpreted as evidence that some members of Franklin’s lost expedition might still be alive. During 1863 Hall planned a second expedition to seek more clues on the fate of Franklin, including efforts to find any of the rumoured survivors or their written records. The first attempt using the 95-ton schooner Active was abandoned, probably due to lack of finances caused by the American Civil War and a troubled relationship with his intended second-in-command Parker Snow. Finally, in July 1864, a much smaller expedition departed in the whaler Monticello.

During this second expedition (1864–69) to King William Island, he found remains and artifacts from the Franklin expedition, and made more inquiries about their fate from natives living there. Hall eventually realized that the stories of survivors were unreliable, either by the Inuit or his own readiness to give them overly optimistic interpretations. He also became disillusioned with the Inuit by the discovery that the remnants of Franklin’s expedition had deliberately been left to starve. He failed to consider that it would have been impossible for the local population to support such a large group of supernumeraries.

Hall’s third expedition was of an entirely different character. He received a grant of $50,000 from the U.S. Congress to command an expedition to the North Pole in the ship Polaris. The party of 25 also included Hall’s old friend Budington as sailing master, George Tyson as navigator, and Dr. Emil Bessels, a German physician and naturalist, as chief of the scientific staff. The expedition was troubled from the start as the party split into rival factions. Hall’s authority over the expedition was resented by a large portion of the party, and discipline broke down.

Polaris sailed into Thank God Harbor (now called Hall Basin) on September 10, 1871, and achored for the winter on the shore of northern Greenland. That fall, upon returning to the ship from a sledging expedition with an Inuit guide, Hall suddenly fell ill after drinking a cup of coffee. He collapsed in what was described as a fit. For the next week he suffered from vomiting and delirium, then seemed to improve for a few days. At that time, he accused several of the ship’s company, including Dr. Bessels, of having poisoned him. Shortly after, Hall began suffering the same symptoms, and finally died on November 8. Hall was taken ashore and given a formal burial.

The official investigation that followed ruled that Hall had died from apoplexy. However, in 1968, Hall’s biographer Chauncey C. Loomis, a professor at Dartmouth College, made an expedition to Greenland to exhume Hall’s body. To the benefit of the professor, permafrost had preserved the body, flag shroud, clothing and coffin. Tests on tissue samples of bone, fingernails and hair showed that Hall died of poisoning from large doses of arsenic in the last two weeks of his life. This diagnosis is consistent with the symptoms party members reported. It is possible that Hall treated himself with the poison, as arsenic was a common ingredient of quack medicines of the time. It is also considered possible that he was murdered by one of the other members of the expedition, possibly Dr. Bessels. No charges were ever filed.

This book is twinned with The Seal: or The Wedding of Thorstein and Sigrid by 
Kevin Acott(pub.2017) read more about it here.

The Seal – Kevin Acott

The fourth chapbook in Kevin Acott’s 2017 Travel Series. This one comes from Qaqortoq where Acott was writer in residence for a month.

“Early morning. You wander down to the harbour. The sun’s shining. The water’s a million times more than blue. For a few moments, there’s absolute, pin-drop, quiet. A sound grows towards you: a murmur, a moan, a groan, a rhythm, a wave, repeating, plaintive, metallic, lost. You wonder if it’s the creak of masts and rope and wood and hooks or the crying of children, an ancient hymn, some melancholic assembly. You shiver.

You watch a JCB heading away from you, a police car heading towards you. There’s only room on the bridge for one of them. The police car wins. You turn to the man with the knife. He’s standing over a mass of moist, red-black flesh, cutting into it carefully, easily, with all the nonchalance of someone who’s done this all our lives. Intestines. Organs. Blood. The whiskers are still there. You watch, fascinated, dispassionate. A woman comes up, begins haggling over part of the once-alive thing. You wonder what part it used to be. You think there should be a smell, but there isn’t. You ask the man if you can take photos. He smiles, yes.

You watch, for an age. Finished, finally, with the show, you wander off, find your eye caught by something down by the water. And there’s the skin: perfect, laid out, waiting. A seal. A seal, obviously a seal, smooth and grey and beautiful. And there’s its fat layer: white and sickly and dead.

They say the Greenlanders hunt with respect, the Canadians hunt to exterminate. I don’t know. I don’t know what I think. But when I get back here, I wonder whether to show anyone the pictures, decide not to, and wonder why. ”
Kevin Acott
www.kevinacott.com

The Seal
or The Wedding of Thorstein and Sigrid
Kevin Acott
Published August 2017
ISBN 9781910578599
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Acott Travel Chapbook 4
SLB067
Print run of 100
Price – £5
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Worm Wood Old Oak – SJ Fowler

SJ Fowler is a poet and artist. He works in the modernist and avant-garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. He has published various collections of poetry and text, and been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, The British Council, Tate Britain, Liverpool Biennial and Wellcome Collection. He has been translated into 21 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Beijing to Tbilisi. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, Lecturer at Kingston University, associate artist at Rich Mix cultural foundation and teaches at Tate Modern. He is the curator of the Enemies project.

Worm Wood Old Oak
SJ Fowler
Published July 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-60-5
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook Series Edition #0
SLB068
Price – £2.60
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Letter to an Unknown Soldier – Hannah O’Reilly

Hannah O’Reilly is 11, loves bloggers and trampolining and was diagnosed with Dyslexia four years ago. Thanks to the support of an inspirational Special Educational Needs teacher her reading is now fine and she has the confidence to express her creativity. Hannah’s poem was part of a class project on the First World War. She was asked to write a letter to an Unknown Soldier and the images it inspired lent itself to a Chapbook

Letter to an Unknown Soldier
Hannah O’Reilly
Illustrated by Alban Low
Published June 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-55-1
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Chapbook 18
SLB064
Price – £2
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Claudio’s Garden: An Eco-Community Beside the River Wandle Created by Claudio Funari – Bill Mudge

Over the past 19 months you may have seen the positive change made to a previously overlooked public space. If you haven’t seen it yet why not pay a visit to the Hack Bridge where it crosses the River Wandle in Carshalton. Here you’ll find a beautiful garden created by artist Claudio Funari. Through the photographs of Bill Mudge this chapbook reveals the hidden depths of its creator and place itself.

Find out more about Claudio Funari here – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100018051214453

Claudio’s Garden:
An Eco-Community Beside the River Wandle Created by Claudio Funari
Bill Mudge
Photography: Bill Mudge
Series Editor: Bill Mudge

Published July 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-53-7
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Wandling Chapbook 1
SLB062
Price – £2
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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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