Event Horizon – Zakia Carpenter-Hall

Each poem is a vortex, an Event Horizon, a threshold, or point of no return.  Although Event Horizon is defined as a notational boundary around a black hole, these poems also explore “event” in a broader sense – the varying degrees to which an experience can change, destroy and reconfigure us and our lives.  Zakia Carpenter-Hall illustrates astrophysics and black hole theory using a variety of poetics, ranging from the use of fragmentation and repetition to surrealism and mirroring.  The problem with physics for non practitioners is often that “we cannot deliver its secrets with our hands”.  But this is a collection that makes the theoretical tangible and thereby brings us closer to ourselves.

Zakia Carpenter-Hall is a poet, teacher and avid learner from Minneapolis Minnesota who currently lives in England.  She is a winner of Poetry London’s inaugural Mentorship Scheme, has recently published in Callaloo Journal and Magma Magazine, and she is a Creative Writing MFA student at Kingston University.

Event Horizon
Zakia Carpenter-Hall
Published October 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-64-3
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 250
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook Series Edition #2
SLB072
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

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Soft Teeth – Dacy Lim

SOFT TEETH is a rumination on the mouth as an integral and strange part of existence. By exploring the different aspects of the human mouth, Dacy Lim’s poetry gives the reader space to consider the importance of their own features. The poems from SOFT TEETH bring the reader into a world where mouths are gross and beautiful, physical and philosophical- a work that engages with written text to explore the nuances of orality.

Dacy Lim is a poet with a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently in the Creative Writing MFA program at Kingston University and is focusing on an even more extensive collection of poems on the mouth. Dacy self publishes zines and chapbooks which combine writing, illustration, and photography. She has had poetry published in Bank-Heavy Press and Selfish magazine.

Soft Teeth
Dacy Lim
Published October 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-65-0
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Print run of 250
Writers Centre Kingston Chapbook Series Edition #3
SLB073
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

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)

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)

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.