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.

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

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,
Confronting Rape Culture Chapbook 3,
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
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,
Dreamtime Chapbook 3
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.

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

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,
Confronting Rape Culture Chapbook 2,
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.

Christina’s Moon – Jill Hedges


Ancient people were fascinated by the Moon; the brightest object in the night sky, and used its phases as an early form of calendar. Each of the full moons was given a name that correlated to the arrival and passing of the seasons and with times of feast or famine.

Created using print and collage techniques by artist Jill Hedges, who has had a lifelong fascination with the Moon and the stars, this charming little chapbook tells a tale of enduring love.

Also by Jill Hedges – The Space Walk: A Scale Walk Through the Solar System

Christina’s Moon
Jill Hedges
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-41-4
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Chapbook 16
Price – £2
BUY Christina’s Moon (£2 + £1.20 P&P to UK Address)


The Cavalry – Lt-Col James Lawford

the_cavalry_sampson_low_2_33Title: The Cavalry
Editor: LT-COL James Lawford
Contributors: Brigadier Peter Young, R.A. Crosbie-Weston, Curt Johnson, Dr T. A. Heathcote, Lt-Col Alan Shepperd and David Chandler.
Sampson Low
Year: 1976

‘In war he was swift into action, instant of decision, careless of consequences. In his passing he has left behind him a tradition of light-hearted, debonair elegance, and a reckless courage in battle that is still far from dead.’

James Lawford, in the book’s concluding chapters, pinpoints some enduring traits of the horsed cavalryman. Whether a hussar, a lancer or a cuirasser, whether mounted on a small darting pony or a majestic, heavy charger, his enthusiasm for combat was prodigious.


Ironsides charge into a troop of Royalist cavalry

This book unites two enthralling aspects of military life before the advent of the tank: the functions and behaviour of cavalry horses in war, and the duties, training, traditions and deeds of the men who rode them into battle. From the mounted archers of Assyria to the lancers of World War I, the story has a span of some 3,000 years.


Brigadier Peter Young

Lt-Col James Lawford was a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Brigadier Peter Young during World War II was an outstanding colonel, and is now one of Britain’s best known military historians. He is a regular broadcaster and Captain-General of The Sealed Knot, an organisation that re-enacts battles of the English Civil War.

This book is twinned with Villiers Path by Lucy Furlong (pub. 2017), read more about it here.

Venus as a Boy – Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa

9781910578421_50The first chapbook in the Confronting Rape Culture Series, edited by Debbie Chessell. This a vibrant and challenging chapbook that includes two written works, Leila by Marcus Wratton and Tower Bridge by Dimitra Petsa. It is not just the power of the words that rock you back on your heels but the carmine plush of the design by Lucy Ross.

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

Venus as a Boy
Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-42-1
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Confronting Rape Culture Chapbook 1,
Price – £2
Designer: Lucy Ross
Editor: Debbie Chessell
Photographers: Maria Kaffa, Molly Baker
BUY Venus as a Boy (£2 + £1.20 P&P to UK Address)

As part of this project CRC will be hosting three workshops at Housmans Radical Booksellers throughout March 2017 and a final exhibition at The Museum of Futures.

Today at Housmans
4th March, 7pm
Feminist Yoga with Affective Yoga

‘Emotions may be critical to showing us why transformations are so difficult, but also how they are possible’. Sarah Ahmed.

This 3 hour workshop will explore the relationship between feminist feelings or emotions and yoga (physical postures, breathing and meditation) with a focus on healing. It will be split into 90 minutes of yoga lead by Affective Yoga followed by a winding down session with free refreshments.

”I believe when we come to and get involved in feminism we experience emotions, such as pain, anger, hope and wonder. I believe we hold these emotions in our physical and mental bodies. Embodied feelings show us why transformations are so difficult but also how they are possible. During this yoga workshop we will explore the emotions we embody as a result of our feminism(s), releasing the pain and anger to approach change from a place of peace and love and build on and strengthen the hope and wonder we have in ourselves to continue to fight for change in our societies.”

Open to all levels – you don’t need to have prior yoga experience.


Villiers Path – Lucy Furlong

2017_02_VilliersPath_Chapbook_04_paginated.inddTake a walk down this historic narrow foot passage in Surbiton. Will you meet the ghost of the beautiful young Lord Francis Villiers, killed in battle here in 1648.

Villiers Path runs between Hollyfield School and the back gardens of the houses in Cranes Park, coming out half way down Surbiton High Road. It is where Lord Francis Villiers died in a skirmish on Surbiton Common on 7th July 1648, in the latter part of the English Civil War,

Over hundreds of years, as Surbiton has changed and grown, the path has narrowed and become hemmed in. Where was the famous tree, engraved with a ‘V’, which marked the spot where the young and beautiful lord bravely defended himself until death?

Poetry and photography from Lucy Furlong.
For more information visit https://seethingography.wordpress.com/

Villiers Path: Scalloped Time
Lucy Furlong
Designed by Mel Hetherington
Published February 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-40-7
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Seethingography imprint chapbook 2
Price – £2
BUY Villiers Path (£2 + £1.20 P&P to UK Address)

On Thursday 23rd February 2017 Lucy will be launching Villiers Path at the Futures Camarade, which is part of the Visual Poetry show at the Museum of Futures in Surbiton. The exhibition is being curated by  S J Fowler, with assistance from creative writing students at Kingston University, and showcases a diverse range of artists and poets working across the boundaries of visual / textual art.

Read more about the The Seethingographer: #1 Winter 2016


The Big Noddy Book – Enid Blyton

33_the_big_noddy_book_enid_blyton_1Title: The Big Noddy Book
Author: Enid Blyton
Illustrator: Beek
Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd
Year: 1959

Noddy’s First Bath
When Noddy Went Shopping
A Day With Little Noddy
Noddy’s New Umbrella
Noddy’s Garden
The Beautiful Red Boots
Noddy Has Some Adventures
Big-Ears’ Smoky Chimney
Noddy’s Little Hooter
Noddy’s Birthday
Cheeky Little Black Doll
All Aboard for Toyland
Noddy’s Balloon
Noddy is Very Funny
It Served Him Right

Noddy is an icon. Even today, 60 years after his ‘birth’ and just over 40 years after his creator’s death, he is probably the main character to be associated with the name Enid Blyton. For many children, Noddy was their introduction to Enid Blyton and once they were hooked there was a tasty menu of Blyton books to move on to. In a twenty year period between his conception and Enid’s death, 154 books of various shapes and sizes graced the shelves of the bookshops.

He was created in wood by Old Man Carver, but was soon off to Toyland and from then on was constantly in trouble, a small child’s dream of the perfect ‘naughty little boy’ — but a boy with a house of his own and a stylish red and yellow car. He was always in trouble with PC Plod, but Big-Ears was often on hand to offer fatherly advice.

enid_blyton_1a_50Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Blyton’s books are still enormously popular, and have been translated into almost 90 languages; her first book, Child Whispers, a 24-page collection of poems, was published in 1922. She wrote on a wide range of topics including education, natural history, fantasy, mystery, and biblical narratives and is best remembered today for her Noddy, Famous Five, Secret Seven, and Adventure series.

Much of the success of Noddy was undoubtedly down to the colourful illustrations of Harmsen Van der Beek, and the various illustrators who took up the mantle after Beek’s death in 1953. Eelco Martinus ten Harmsen van der Beek (Born October 8, 1897 in Amsterdam) was a Dutch illustrator and commercial artist and already well known in the Netherlands when he approached us (Sampson Low) at the end of the 1940s. The result was the creation of the Noddy series for young children, authored by Enid Blyton – still a major property for animators half a century later. Van der Beek simply signed his work as “Beek”. The conscious intention to create a Disney-style sympathetic focus character — a European Mickey Mouse — was reportedly a major factor. Beek’s death in 1953 led to a few new illustrators for the Noddy books, amongst which was his assistant Peter Wienk.

Beek’s father was a pharmacist in Amsterdam. As a child, he and his brother Hein sold postcards which Beek had drawn, on the streets of Amsterdam. Eelco attended the Rijksschool voor Kunstnijverheid and the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam from 1916 to 1918 and subsequently began a career as a commercial artist, as well as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines. 

Thank you to Dean and Glen Reddick for donating this book to the Sampson Low archives.

This book is twinned with one of our modern publications/authors, Colouring Walls by Stella Tripp (2017). Read more about it here.