#POSTPOETICTRAUMA – Kosal Khiev

Kosal Khiev is a poet, tattoo artist, and survivor of the US prison system. Born in a Thai refugee camp, Kosal’s family fled to the U.S in 1981. Kosal’s family left the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge war for the promise of peace and prosperity in America. Instead of the American dream, Kosal’s family lived in grim public housing with scarce social services. Kosal admits to making poor choices as a teenager that led him into more violence, poverty, and eventually prison. At the age of 16, Kosal was arrested in a gang fight and charged with attempted murder. Kosal was tried as an adult and sentenced to 16 years in a state penitentiary. While serving 14 years in prison he discovered spoken word poetry from a former Vietnam War veteran.  Upon release in 2011, the U.S. government deported him to Cambodia, a country he had never been To. Spoken word Is a creative channel to tell his story and transform his anger, regrets, and experiences into a poetic art form.

www.facebook.com/kosalkhiev9

#POSTPOETICTRAUMA
Kosal Khiev
Published November 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-92-6
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Illustrated by Alban Low
Edited by Simon Lavers
Chapbook 31
SLB0104
Print run 250
Price – £2.60
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Trial and Error – Kevin Acott

In September 2018 Kevin Acott and Alban Low spent a week at Grove as artists-in-residence. Grove is a supportive space curated by Barbara Dougan to develop and test new ideas. Trial and Error is the first of a series of publications that draw on themes of identity, memory, power and the discomforts of home.

www.groveprojects.org
www.kevinacott.com

Trial and Error
Kevin Acott
Published September 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-90-2
A6 Size
Drawings by Alban Low
16 printed pages
Black and White
Grove Project Chapbook 2
SLB0101
Print run 100
Price – £2
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Kevin performed some of the Grove Residency work alongside Alban Low at a Poem Brut night at Rich Mix, London on 10th November 2018.

Health is a Human Right: Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

9781910578841Over 200 nursing students from Kingston University and St George’s University of London have tapped into their creative juices to produce inspirational writing on the 2018 International Nurses’ Day theme ‘A Voice to Lead: Health is a Human Right’.

Visiting Professor Karen Norman introduced this year’s Art of Caring writing competition by inviting participants to create an ‘aphorism’ on the IND theme. An ‘aphorism’ historically refers to the medical rules written by Hippocrates. Nowadays, it’s defined as ‘a concise expression of doctrine or principle of any generally accepted truth conveyed in a pithy, memorable statement.’ A good example is Florence Nightingale’s famous aphorism: ‘Hospitals should do the sick no harm.’ Here we present 27 written works chosen by the Kingston University Nursing Society in this special chapbook.

Health is a Human Right
Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS
Various Authors
Published July 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-84-1
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
SLB096
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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This chapbook was launched as part of the NHS 70th celebrations at the Art of Caring exhibition in St George’s Hospital on the 5th July 2018.
Art of Caring website

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London Violins 2018 – DJ Ritu and Alban Low

The radio programme ‘A World in London’ has been at the heart of the capital’s music scene since 2007. Originally broadcast on the BBC, it is now based at SOAS Radio (University of London) and Resonance FM. Hosted and produced by DJ Ritu , the show has an unrivalled reputation for presenting a rich cultural mix that truly reflects the diverse musical tastes of London and its people. Since 2016, Alban Low has been the show’s artist-in-residence, sketching the musical guests as they play live in the studio.

DJ Ritu and Alban Low are publishing a series of books that document the ever-changing live music scene in London. London stirs with musicians from all nations, playing in venues from grand concert halls to vibrant upstairs rooms in pubs. This books aims to capture a moment in a musician’s life and tell the story of their favourite venues.

Alban Low at the London Violins exhibition 2018

The first chapbook in the A World in London series is London Violins 2018. The book’s journey started with an art exhibition at the Yehudi Menuhin Concert Hall (February – June 2018) and will be officially launched on A World in London radio programme at Resonance FM on the 6th June 2018 (6.30-7.30pm). Musicians featured in the chapbook include James Patrick Gavin and Tad Sargent, Alice Barron and George Sleightholme, Olga Baron and John Macnaughton, Robert Atchison and Olga Dudnik, Agnes Branner and Martin Weightman, Anna Lowenstein and Rey Yusuf, Richard Jones and Christian Miller.

DJ Ritu is a pioneering international turntablist & BBC Radio presenter. In the ‘90s she co-founded Outcaste Records, signing Nitin Sawhney and Badmarsh & Shri. Ritu has also broadcast for BBC World Service, Kiss 100 and many others. She manages two London club nights, Kuch Kuch and Club Kali, which are the longest running Bollywood events in the UK.

Alban Low is an artist working within London’s jazz scene, sketching in clubs by night and creating album covers by day. www.artofjazz.blogspot.co.uk

London Violins 2018:
A World in London
DJ Ritu and Alban Low
Published June 2018
ISBN 978-1-910578-77-3
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 28
SLB085
Print run of 100
Price – £2
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Musicians featured in the chapbook include James Patrick Gavin and Tad Sargent, Alice Barron and George Sleightholme, Olga Baron and John Macnaughton, Robert Atchison and Olga Dudnik, Agnes Branner and Martin Weightman, Anna Lowenstein and Rey Yusuf, Sarah Montague and Andrew Ryser Szymański, Richard Jones and Christian Miller.

A special thank you to Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Patrick Bernard and Sophie Darling for their support.

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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