Perceptions of the Self – Sharon Read

Much of Sharon’s work presents a sense of the self, this, at first glance isn’t altogether obvious. Peel back the layers of material, mark making along with an internal monologue and this becomes something of a trait throughout her thinking, making and artistic philosophy.

“Quietly being in whatever form they
have reached.  Broken, used, or disregarded
they exist in full vibrancy.”
Sharon Read 2017

www.sharonread.co.uk

Perceptions of the Self
Sharon Read
Published May 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-83-4
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 27
SLB091
Print run of 50
Price – £2
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Palm Protector, 2018 – Bethany Murray

23 moulds of the palm of my left hand, putting pressure on my fingers in an attempt to replicate the permanent position of one of my patients’ hands following a stroke 23 years ago. The patient’s hand has been significantly neglected and it is this neglect that has left her hand in this position. I cannot replicate it fully but in the moments that I have tried, there has been pain, doubt and disbelief; disbelief that a person’s hand has suffered such change and neglect following a life-altering event in the brain. As artists, our minds and our hands are our most valuable tools; this work is a contemplation on the effect of illness and time on the hand and the brain. Accompanying these photographs are words from two of my poems Pure and Old Wounds that touch on elements of the sacred in previous works; these poems along with earlier sculptural works hold a preoccupation with the sacred and humanity’s impalpable sense of transience.

www.bethanyrm.com

Palm Protector, 2018
Bethany Murray
Published May 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-82-7
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 26
SLB090
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Murder in Limoux – Emily Wooden

In the sleepy French market town of Limoux, in a bustling square, a brutal murder takes place. But which stallholder committed this terrible crime and what was their motive?

Emily Wooden is an aspiring author who has taken her inspiration for this story from her holidays with her parents and sister in Limoux. She loves the sunny climes of Southern France as well as creating her stories in the cooler surroundings of West London.

Murder in Limoux
Emily Wooden
Published May 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-79-7
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 23
SLB087
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Beyond the Moon – Jill Hedges

Ancient people shared their traditions using myths and legends passed down by word of mouth. Stories of the stars in the night sky and the phases of the moon were told around the camp fire and predicted health, wealth, good fortune and love.

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 book takes love a few (million) miles further.

Jill Hedges has had a lifelong fascination with the Moon and the stars. She is an artist who naturally uses different materials and alternative art forms to convey her ideas. In 2015 she created A Space Walk map, an imaginative 5 kilometre walk that has conveniently scaled down the solar system to a manageable size. This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames. In 2017 she published Christina’s Moon, a charming little chapbook that tells a tale of enduring love through the phases of the Moon. Hedges was one of the original artists behind Gallery 202, a contemporary artist led non-profit initiative based in Northamptonshire. Bringing contemporary art to rural and urban communities through exhibitions and artist involvement with the public.

For Christina, my amazing astronomer

Beyond the Moon
Jill Hedges
Published March 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-78-0
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 22
SLB086
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2
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Scala B – Francesca Albini

Not everything can be translated.
One of them is: Scala B

Francesca Albini divides her life between literary and artistic endeavours. She is a PhD in Classics, and has worked in publishing for her entire adult life, as a translator, author and editor. She is a self taught artist and photographer. Her work is inspired by folk art, but also by design. Albini is a collector of memories, and uses any medium that allows her to remember and share, express feelings and narrate stories. From line drawings to plastic cameras, from collage to upcycled jewellery and dolls. “My work is playful and dreamy, child-like but also philosophical. I fall in and out of love with many styles and tools, but I’m always me, whatever I do.”

Scala B is the fourth chapbook in Albini’s dreamtime series.

Scala B: A Departure
Francesca Albini
Published March 2018
ISBN  9781910578766
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour,
Dreamtime Chapbook 4
SLB084
Limited print run of 100
Price – £2
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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
SLB070
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2.60
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BAD LUCK, GOOD LUCK, BAD LUCK – Bill Lubbock

Joint winner of the 2017 Elmbridge Literary Competition: Short Story (Adult) category.

Bill Lubbock, a Chartered Psychologist and committed Christian, was a prolific and enthusiastic short story writer in his later years.  He died on 2 September 2017, aged 90, leaving a wife, Margaret, and two children.  Bill had a marvellous sense of fun and had already written his own eulogy and a somewhat alternative Christmas 2017 letter ‘just in case’.

The Elmbridge Literary Competition was established by The RC Sherriff Trust, an independent arts charity working in the Borough of Elmbridge and Elmbridge Borough Council. Previous competitions have included subjects as varied as Dickens, fantasy, love and short radio plays. In celebration of its thirteenth year, the theme for the 2017 Competition was ‘Luck’.    Full details about competitions past, present and future are available at
www.rcsherrifftrust.org.uk
www.elmbridge.gov.uk/culture

BAD LUCK, GOOD LUCK, BAD LUCK
Bill Lubbock
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-69-8
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Elmbridge Literary Competition Chapbook 1
SLB077
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2
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Friends and Family – Ed Seasmith

Joint winner of the 2017 Elmbridge Literary Competition: Short Story (Adult) category.

Ed has always enjoyed writing stories, poems and songs and has recently decided to spend a lot more time actually doing so. He lives in Walton and has also been published in annual compendiums by Walton Riverhouse Writers and London City Lit.

The Elmbridge Literary Competition was established by The RC Sherriff Trust, an independent arts charity working in the Borough of Elmbridge and Elmbridge Borough Council. Previous competitions have included subjects as varied as Dickens, fantasy, love and short radio plays. In celebration of its thirteenth year, the theme for the 2017 Competition was ‘Luck’.    Full details about competitions past, present and future are available at
www.rcsherrifftrust.org.uk
www.elmbridge.gov.uk/culture

Friends and Family
Ed Seasmith
Published November 2017
ISBN 978-1-910578-70-4
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Elmbridge Literary Competition Chapbook 2
SLB078
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2
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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
Colour
Chapbook 20
SLB075
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2
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Tita Petita Chihuahua – Becki Flack

Tita Petita Chihuahua is a wonderfully bright chapbook that combines the paintings and poetry of Becki Flack. An experienced painter of dogs and cats, Becki is best known for her pet portraiture that captures an individual pet’s personality, often including the unique environment that they call home.  In 2015 a little dog with a big heart (and a big bark) came into Becki’s life, transforming it forever. She became the Dog Mother of a very special Chihuahua called Tita who enjoys dressing up. Becki has been working on a series of oil paintings of her ever since, called The World of Tita Petita Chihuahua where she paints her in various guises- as a Mexican, a Rapper, a Nurse and even a Superhero! The paintings are detailed and painted with love and a big dollop of humour. Becki hopes the Tita Petita Chihuahua chapbook will make you smile.

Becki Flack has a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) degree from De Montfort University & a BTEC Development Award in Childrens’ Book Illustration from Chelsea College of Art. She produces collages of Nature in its most idealized form as a type of vivid Paradise. She creates the work on a landscape that she has painted in oils. She then plays with different images from decoupage, wrapping paper or magazines until she finds a composition she likes. Usually animals are included as she loves them and also flowers for their beauty and colour.  Her wish is to produce mini celebrations of life that give her pleasure and inspire joy in the viewer.

Website – www.beckiflack.wixsite.com/paintings
Instagram – titapetitachihuahua
Facebook – TitaPetitaChihuahua
Facebook – Becki Flack Fine Artist

Tita Petita Chihuahua
Becki Flack
Published November 2017
Series editor – Alan Carlyon Smith
ISBN 978-1-910578-66-7
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Carlyon Chapbooks Square Peg Series 1
SLB074
Print run 0f 250
Price – £2
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