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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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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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)

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
BUY Fire (£2 + £1.20 to a 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.

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.

 

 

Breathe Through This If You Can – Kevin Acott

The first instalment in Kevin Acott’s chapbook travel series as he traverses the globe in search of adventure and literary inspiration. Breathe Through This If You Can is a chapbook full of longing, a poetic work whose heroes are missing. The trace of their lives live on in forgotten objects, in places vacated and the narratives that are captured in this chapbook.

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 the people of Enfield, Middlesex and Enfield, North Carolina.

Breathe Through This If You Can:
The truths of Virginia Dare, lost colonist
Kevin Acott
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-48-3
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Acott Travel Chapbook 1
SLB057
Print run of 100
Price – £5
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The Acott Travel Series (1-6) is kindly supported by Robert Birtwell, Stephen Hoole, Aidan Putland, Bill Mudge, Deborah Alma, Fiona Coffey, Deborah Gibbs, Alison Smith, Danny Jones, Fredwyn Hosier, Liz Lefroy, Mary Dearth, Andrew Ratcliff, Dawn Costello, Mark Rudman, Neil Hatswell, Kathryn Yates, Iain Inglis, Jacob Beeson and Harvey Wells.

Christina’s Moon – Jill Hedges

9781910578414_50

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,
Colour
Chapbook 16
SLB050
Price – £2
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Altogether Elsewhere – ‘Jazzman’ John Robert Clarke

9781910578384_50“…..Altogether elsewhere, vast
Herds of reindeer move across
Miles and miles of golden moss,
Silently and very fast.”
W.H. Auden (c. 1940)

Jazzman John Clarke’s Altogether Elsewhere is a vibrant journey between reality and fantasy. The truths are strong, poignant and positive. The dreams are the shifting sands of sunsets and twilight visions. This chapbook is richly illustrated by Pete Smith who captures London’s dissociative landscapes that are both urban and pastoral, real and unreal.

Poet, writer and performer, John Clarke is a well known name in London’s poetry performance scene. Born of Dublin parentage, he devoted more than two decades of his early career in commercial banking before finding the Muse in the mid to late 1990’s.

Clarke is affectionately known as ‘Jazzman John’ due to his abiding influence from & interest in Jazz, Jazz styles, structures and rhythms. He is well-known for his collaborations with a wide variety of talented musicians & this fact often feeds into & inspires his writing. John has also run a series of ‘alternative’ events throughout London, featuring, mainly, poets, musicians, singer-songwriters & performers. He is known to be good at spotting talents early & indeed the Jazz Combo ‘Ledbib’(shortlisted in the jazz category for the prestigious National Mercury Music Prize in 2009) were given some significant early ‘gigs’ by him.

John has performed in the South of France with a Jazz/Blues/Funk outfit,& more recently in 2009 both in Italy (Genoa & Bologna) with experimental & improv musicians, The International Poetry & Music Festival, Ruigoord, Amsterdam & at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jazzman John Clarke lives in South East London.

 

Altogether Elsewhere
‘Jazzman’ John Robert Clarke
Artwork – Pete Jon Smith
Editor – Francesca Albini
Published January 2017
ISBN  9781910578384
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour,
Dreamtime Chapbook 2
SLB047
Limited print run of 100
Price – £2
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