School Run – Natalie Low

“I don’t know why they call it the school run. Nobody I know runs to school.”
Natalie Low

Four short stories that chart the weekday journey between home and school. It is an exhausting chore on those grey rainy days but also an opportunity to listen and observe the behaviour of others. The cast of characters include your own children with their unique wisdoms, cars racing to beat the school bell, and armies of scavenging rodents. Who knows who you’ll meet along the way.

Natalie Low enjoys putting words on paper and believes that everyone has a book of some sort inside them. She lives in Twickenham, UK with her rather charming family. Natalie’s first chapbook Dementia was published by Sampson Low in November 2015, and sold out within weeks.

This chapbook is dedicated to Stanley.

School Run
Natalie Low
Illustrated by Alban Low
Published September 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-62-9
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Chapbook 19
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2.60
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Walton-on-Thames Literary Walking Map

An A3 fold out map and a double page information sheet from Elmbridge Museum that reveals Walton’s literary connections with William Thackeray, Dirk Bogarde, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Jerome Kern, Julian Sturgis, Samuel Ireland, Matteo Sedazzari, Anne Cummings and many more.

Follow the 60-90 minute circular walk and visit literary sites of interest in Walton-on-Thames, including The Swan pub, Walton Bridge, Nettlefold Studio, Walton Library, Ashley Park , St Mary’s Church and The Old Manor House.

Elmbridge Borough Council’s Arts Development seeks to increase opportunities for people to engage in the arts, culture and heritage of our Borough, either individually or through partnerships.  With the aim of engaging residents, EBC’s Arts Development seeks to support local arts organisations and to present arts based activities that improve the physical and mental health of people who live and work in Elmbridge.

Alban Low is an artist working amongst the jazz community in London. He enjoys creating album covers, chapbooks, maps and films. His family have been publishing books since 1793.

Walton-on-Thames Literary Walking Map
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-56-8
Folded – A5 (148 x 210mm) 4 page
Flat – A3 (297 x 420mm) 1 Map
Designed by Alban Low
Elmbridge Map Series 1
Price – £2.99
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The branch and the leaves – Giovanni Cerbiatto

Giovanni Cerbiatto is a peasant and folklorist who lives in Umbria, Italy. The world, insofar as it worlds, gathers everything, each to the other, and lets everything return to itself in its own resting in the selfsame. This is his second collection of poems translated into English.

Cerbiatto’s first poetry collection Dieci poesi con otto linee (Ten poems with eight lines) was recently reviewed by Helena Nelson at Sphinx who described it as  “A simple line, a fluid development” and ” Stylish”. Full Review HERE

Il ramo e le foglie:
The branch and the leaves
Giovanni Cerbiatto
Translated by Eva Viola Tedeschi
Illustrated by Alban Low
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-67-4
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Chapbook 20
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2
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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
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2.60
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(This chapbook contains adult themes)

Pasta Prose 2016 – Robin Hutchinson

Pasta_Prose_2016_Alphabetti_Spaghetti_Challenge_SeethingAre you a pasta poet or spaghetti writer? Could you face the Alphabetti Spaghetti Challenge? One tin and twenty minutes to compose your best. When it’s over you can eat your own words – on toast. Every year as a way to combat ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year, poets all over the world open tins of Alphabetti Spaghetti and get inspired.

The 2016 Alphabetti Spaghetti Challenge was held at Woody’s Bar in Kingston-upon-Thames on the 18th January 2016. The Hungry Poets included Philippa Willes, Simone Kay, Matthew Lloyd, Alex Moss, Louise Wood, Alban Low, Peter S Smith, Richard Stickney, Phil Wood, Hattie Thomas, Molly Freeman, Josh Hayes, Jack Dimes, Nick Chan,  Sam Brown, Noel Parachute, Fairy, Jackie Kaye, Debbie Stubbington, Andy Currums.

Robin Hutchinson is a founding trustee/director of The Rose Theatre, Kingston, director of The Community Brain CIC and chair of the charity Creative Youth, organisers of the
International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston.

Pasta Prose 2016 is the first in a new chapbook series with the inspirational community of  Seething. Seething is a State dedicated to using creativity to bring people together. It is open to everyone to join in whenever and wherever they like. They believe that by creating things and bringing people together you can release talents and energies in a community in a positive, engaging and sharing way. We support that philosophy whole heartedly here at Sampson Low.
Seething Website

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Robin Hutchinson and the Hungry Poets
Published January 2016
ISBN  978-1-910578-23-0
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Seething Chapbook 1

5 Star Review *****
“If this isn’t the best volume of pasta prose I’ll eat my words.”
Tony Williams ‏

Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski

Carole Bulewski Over The SkinA short story about the power of the unspoken word.

“Language is only one form of communication, and sometimes music can be a much more powerful tool than words.” – Carole Bulewski, 2015

French-born Carole Bulewski is a writer, scientist and musician who made London her home over 15 years ago. Music, in one form or another, plays an important part in all her writings. Carole is a member of urban baroque group Firefay, who are set to release their latest album ‘The King Must Die’ in early 2016.

This delightful chapbook includes 6 new colour illustrations from Alban Low.

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Carole Bulewski
Illustrated by Alban Low
Published November 2015
ISBN  978-1-910578-17-9
A6 size,
16 printed pages,
Chapbook 4,
Price – £2

Ten poems with eight lines – Giovanni Cerbiatto

50%_Page_1a copy“The world is never experienced as something which is believed, anymore than it is guaranteed by knowledge. What is needed, if this question comes up at all, is that we experience our existence in its most elementary consititution of being, as being in the world.” Giovanni Cerbiatto.

The first ever English translations of Giovanni Cerbiatto’s simple and complete poems. Little is known about this living poet from Umbria, Italy, whose work barely infiltrates the world of the internet.

This Sampson Low Chapbook is beautifully illustrated by London artist Alban Low. Best known for his work on the London Jazz scene, he shows us a quieter and more contemplative side that reflects the stillness of Cerbiatto’s poems.

Ten poems with eight lines is the second in Sampson Low’s chapbook series.
View our other Chapbooks titles.

Translated by Eva Viola Tedeschi.
The book will also be for sale at La Scala, East Dulwich, SE22 8EQ.
Famed for its Italian coffee and cakes, it can now boast the best in poetry too.

Dieci poesie con otto linee
Ten poems with eight lines
by Giovanni Cerbiatto
Translated by Eva Viola Tedeschi
Illustrated by Alban Low
Published November 2015
ISBN  978-1-910578-16-2
A6 size, 16 printed pages, Colour
Chapbook 2, SLB025

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French Days: A Pictorial Diary of South West France 2015

9781910578148An A6 booklet that folds out into a double sided A3 format. Featuring daily drawings from the sketch book of Alban Low. Recording rural life in the South West of France during the hot summer months. Capturing the humour and idiosyncrasies of the Aude and its inhabitants from Limoux to Carcassonne, stopping in Belveze du Razes, Routier, Alet Les Bains, Quillan, St Hilaire, Malvies, Montreal and Cailhau but most of all the little village of Cambieure.

“In 1999 I packed my bags and moved to the village of Cambieure in South West France, and spent four happy years there, painting the flowers and landscape that surrounded me. Eventually the promise of a family life in England took me back to London, but every summer the lure of the South is too strong to resist. Since 2012 I have been creating a drawing each day during my time in France. The sketches are memories that try to capture the flavours and sights of everyday life. Even if you have never been to this part of France, you’re sure to recognise many of the characters and situations that enrich all our lives.” Alban Low.

French Days: A Pictorial Diary of South West France 
ISBN  978-1910578148
5 pages A6 colour booklet, folds out to double sided A3 poster
Author – Alban Low
Editor – Tanya Kreisky
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Thank you to Tanya Kreisky and Natasha Barton who first brought this group of drawings together for the French Days exhibition at T&T in Alexandra Palace, September 2015.

A Life of Endings

9781910578131Today we launch a fantastic new 16 page colour book, A Life of Endings. This book is an insight into the hidden worlds of the Dissecting Room and the Gordon Museum of Pathology at King’s College London. It includes poetry by Kevin Acott and art from Alban Low, with featured sections by Dr Adam Wahba (Demonstrator), Jodie Acott (Medical Student) and Harvey Wells (Medical Educator). The book also includes a download code so that readers can listen to the music and poetry by Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge. Listen to the poetry at A Life of Endings Bandcamp page.

A Life of Endings: An Insight into the Hidden World of the Dissecting Room and Gordon Museum of Pathology at King’s College London 
ISBN  978-1910578131
16 pages A5 Softback
Authors – Kevin Acott, Alban Low and Harvey Wells
Contributors – Dr Adam Wahba, Jodie Acott and Bill Mudge
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Authors and Contributors
Dr Adam Wahba graduated from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2012, having completed an Intercalated BSc in Anatomy and Human Sciences at King’s College London in 2010.  After completing Foundation Training in the East of England, he returned to King’s College to work as an Anatomy Demonstrator in 2014, during which time he passed the exams to become a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS).  He started an eight-year run-through training programme as a trainee Neurosurgeon in
August 2015 in Sheffield.

Jodie Acott is a fourth-year medical student at King’s College London, with a particular interest in psychiatry and women’s health. She completed an Intercalated BSc last year in Psychology – for which she won the John Weinman Prize – and is seeking eventually to work in General Practice. Jodie loves music and literature and was cursed at a very young age with a need to support Spurs.

Bill Mudge released his debut album, Skylight, in 2011 and the same year played alongside Kit Downes, Lewis Wright, Paul Booth, Tom White and Piers Green on Paul Jordanous’ debut album ‘And now I know’.“My main intention is to convey an emotion through each piece of music. When writing I’m generally inspired by books, films or people, using them as the subject matter to develop the idea, whilst considering how the group might play and interpret the music.“ Bill is an accomplished photographer as well as musician. See his work at

Alban Low is the founder/director of the artists’ collective CollectConnect, who have exhibited more than 4000 images on streets worldwide. He is a familiar presence on the jazz circuit in London, where he sketches live and writes reviews. He exhibits widely from London to New York and has shown his work in over 100 exhibitions. His experimental films have been screened at festivals around the world, including the BFI London, Hamburg short film festival, and most recently the Morphos dome in Los Angeles, USA. He is a director at Sampson Low Ltd, who have been publishing books since 1793. He is Artist-in-Residence at the School of Nursing, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Kevin Acott is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. He writes poetry, short stories and film and album reviews at Kevin has had poems published at Ink, Sweat and Tears and short stories at The Londonist and Smoke: A London Peculiar. His first poetry collection was Put Your Lips Together (2014). His Great Unpublished Novel is both great and unpublished.

Harvey Wells is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, and a Visiting Lecturer in Medical Education at King’s College London. Harvey identified the potential of this project during his teaching observations of demonstrators in the Dissection Room and his work with Alban on the Mental Health Simulations at Kingston University.

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Hidden Islands: An Introduction to Thinking About the Islands Along the River Thames,Particularly Between Sunbury and Shepperton

ISBN_9781910578124Hidden Islands
An Introduction to Thinking About the Islands Along the River Thames,Particularly Between Sunbury and Shepperton

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-12-4
A3 fold out map
Author – Tahira Mandarino
Editor – Alban Low

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“ISLANDS are secret, hideaway places. They conjure up exotic pictures of being, Lost then found, of survival and of solitude. On the Thames there are many islands, I have focused on 10 islands from Sunbury to Shepperton. These Islands are all private places. Imagine as you walk along, The river, The sounds and colours, Create your own space away from where you are now. Some Islands, Are natural habitats, with Tall trees, Lush foliage and dense areas To get lost in. Others are small communities, historical, weekend retreats, With laughter, And discovery, Adventure and making plans, Cooking Thinking and Being Some are wide open spaces, To play and explore, to walk the dog To run to after school, meet friends and catch up. They are our escape routes to somewhere new and undiscovered.”
Tahira Mandarino, 2015.

50%_Tahira_Mandarion_inner_4 copyMandarino’s current practice involves 2D works, on canvas and on paper. Much of the work derives from a preoccupation of the landscape as she relates to it. It is this relationship that then uncovers an inner reality, a woven mass of thoughts and ideas relating to the self, contained in a formless form, formed yes but not solid. Oscillating within the paintings is the need to be accepted and yet, often the scribbles represent an absence of language, a deflection of the self. Her paintings take on a palimpsest quality, the erasing and then reworking of marks over numerous layers. Previous study within ceramics allows a freedom and assurance to apply texture and develop form. Experimenting with her paintings in ways such as’ Arranging by Chance ‘has added a new geometric dimension. The mosaic of colours, tumbling or static can convey movement and stability perhaps even the emergence of architectural beginnings. In response to colour representation within the work, she seeks to explore the relationship colours have with each other and how this relationship is affected through placement and dimension.

To see more of Tahira’s work visit his website at…

This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in 2015.