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)

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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
SLB066
Print run 0f 100
Price – £2.60
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(This chapbook contains adult themes)

Life with the Esquimaux – Charles Francis Hall

Title: Life with the Esquimaux:
The Narrative of the Whaling Barque, ‘George Henry”, from the 29th May, 1860, to the 13th September, 1862. With the results of a long intercourse with the Innuits, and full description of their mode of life. (2 volumes)
Author: Captain Charles Francis Hall
Publisher: Sampson Low and Marston
Year: 1864

In 1860, Charles Francis Hall (1821-71), the American explorer, embarked on the first of two voyages to the Canadian Arctic region aimed at investigating the fate of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition of 1847. During his time in the Arctic, Hall lived amongst the Inuit community, learning their language and embracing their everyday life. First published in 1864, Hall’s two-volume work remains of great interest to anthropologists, sociologists and geographers. His eye-witness accounts of the indigenous people’s dwellings, hunting pursuits, birth and death rites, transportation, interpersonal relationships, and survival strategies in severe weather conditions provide an insight into Inuit culture in the nineteenth century. In Volume 2 he tells of his discovery in Frobisher Bay of artefacts from Martin Frobisher’s sixteenth-century mining venture; the survival of these relics, together with his understanding of Inuit memory systems, convinces him that traces of Franklin and his crew may yet be found.

Charles Francis Hall (1821 – November 8, 1871) was an American Arctic explorer. Little is known of Hall’s early life. He was born in the state of Vermont, but while he was still a child his family moved to Rochester, New Hampshire, where, as a boy, he was apprenticed to a blacksmith. In the 1840s he married and drifted westward, arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1849. There he went into business making seals and engraving plates, and later began to publish two small newspapers, The Cincinnati Occasional and The Daily Press.

Around 1857, Hall became interested in the Arctic and spent the next few years studying the reports of previous explorers and trying to raise money for an expedition, primarily intended to learn the fate of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition. In 1860, Hall began his first expedition (1860–63), gaining passage out of New Bedford on the whaler George Henry under Captain Sidney O. Budington, whose uncle James Budington had salvaged Edward Belcher’s exploration ship HMS Resolute, also on the “George Henry”. He got as far as Baffin Island, where the George Henry was forced to winter over.  The Inuit told Hall of surviving relics from Martin Frobisher’s mining venture at Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island. Hall soon travelled there to see them first-hand, drawing upon the inestimable assistance of his newly found Inuit guides Ebierbing (“Joe”) and Tookoolito (“Hannah”).

Hall also learned what he interpreted as evidence that some members of Franklin’s lost expedition might still be alive. During 1863 Hall planned a second expedition to seek more clues on the fate of Franklin, including efforts to find any of the rumoured survivors or their written records. The first attempt using the 95-ton schooner Active was abandoned, probably due to lack of finances caused by the American Civil War and a troubled relationship with his intended second-in-command Parker Snow. Finally, in July 1864, a much smaller expedition departed in the whaler Monticello.

During this second expedition (1864–69) to King William Island, he found remains and artifacts from the Franklin expedition, and made more inquiries about their fate from natives living there. Hall eventually realized that the stories of survivors were unreliable, either by the Inuit or his own readiness to give them overly optimistic interpretations. He also became disillusioned with the Inuit by the discovery that the remnants of Franklin’s expedition had deliberately been left to starve. He failed to consider that it would have been impossible for the local population to support such a large group of supernumeraries.

Hall’s third expedition was of an entirely different character. He received a grant of $50,000 from the U.S. Congress to command an expedition to the North Pole in the ship Polaris. The party of 25 also included Hall’s old friend Budington as sailing master, George Tyson as navigator, and Dr. Emil Bessels, a German physician and naturalist, as chief of the scientific staff. The expedition was troubled from the start as the party split into rival factions. Hall’s authority over the expedition was resented by a large portion of the party, and discipline broke down.

Polaris sailed into Thank God Harbor (now called Hall Basin) on September 10, 1871, and achored for the winter on the shore of northern Greenland. That fall, upon returning to the ship from a sledging expedition with an Inuit guide, Hall suddenly fell ill after drinking a cup of coffee. He collapsed in what was described as a fit. For the next week he suffered from vomiting and delirium, then seemed to improve for a few days. At that time, he accused several of the ship’s company, including Dr. Bessels, of having poisoned him. Shortly after, Hall began suffering the same symptoms, and finally died on November 8. Hall was taken ashore and given a formal burial.

The official investigation that followed ruled that Hall had died from apoplexy. However, in 1968, Hall’s biographer Chauncey C. Loomis, a professor at Dartmouth College, made an expedition to Greenland to exhume Hall’s body. To the benefit of the professor, permafrost had preserved the body, flag shroud, clothing and coffin. Tests on tissue samples of bone, fingernails and hair showed that Hall died of poisoning from large doses of arsenic in the last two weeks of his life. This diagnosis is consistent with the symptoms party members reported. It is possible that Hall treated himself with the poison, as arsenic was a common ingredient of quack medicines of the time. It is also considered possible that he was murdered by one of the other members of the expedition, possibly Dr. Bessels. No charges were ever filed.

This book is twinned with The Seal: or The Wedding of Thorstein and Sigrid by 
Kevin Acott(pub.2017) read more about it here.

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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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)

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
BUY Breathe Through This If You Can (£5 + £1.20 P&P to UK and Worldwide Addresses)

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.

Travel Chapbook Series – Kevin Acott

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We’re excited to launch a new series of chapbooks at Sampson Low, all from the pen/camera of Kevin Acott as he travels around the globe in 2017. Kevin launched our chapbooks series in November 2015 with South, which proved an instant success, selling-out its print run in a matter of weeks. He now embarks on a new adventure that starts in North Carolina before heading west to Vancouver. He then hitches a lift down the Pacific Coast to San Francisco where he’ll study for a month in a Zen retreat before travelling to the frozen world of Greenland to take up his a position as writer-in-residence in Qaqortoq. The final stop is Limoux, France for four months of writing amongst the vines in the heat of summer.

map_3_50Over his 8 month adventure Kevin will be publishing 6 chapbooks with us and we’d like to offer you the chance to subscribe to the full collection. You’ll receive each book in the mail before anyone else and read about his adventures. Your subscription will support Kevin during this time and your name will appear on the back page of each chapbook (If you’d prefer to remain anonymous then that’s fine too).

Each chapbook has an ISBN and a copy will be archived at the British Library, The Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.

Kevin’s chapbooks will have a limited print run of just 100 copies.

We have now closed subscriptions to Kevin’s first chapbook series but keep in touch with Kevin Acott on Medium.

20 in 15: The Lives of Artists – Bill Mudge

20in15 Book-04720 in 15 is a behind the scenes look at the lives of twenty different artists, their creative processes and working environments. The project evolved from the thriving arts community in Carshalton but ultimately expanded to locations around the UK and France. Observing artists as they work, Bills documentary approach gives an insight into what it takes to live and work as a creative person.

20in15 Book doc3-02420 in 15 includes photographs of Peter S Smith (Painter Printmaker), Alex Foster (Illustrator), Abel Kesteven (Artist), Aga Cowling (Amber & Glass Designer), Jeremy Clark (Ceramic Sculptor), Luci Metcalfe (Artist), Dan Redding (Videographer), Kathryn Sherriff (Ceramicist), Glow (Design Agency), Guy Meredith (Composer), Emma Capron (Interior Designer), Wayne Sleeth (Artist), Kendra Haste (Sculptor), Alban Low (Illustrator), Lucy Furlong (Poet), Karin Andrews Jashapara (Shadow Puppetry), Emily Hall (Weaver and Ceramicist), Andrew Candy (Gallery Owner & Graphic Designer), Art Language Location (Contemporary Arts Festival), Association Amitiés Tsiganes (Community Art / ‘Un mur d’expression pour en faire tomber d’autres’)

20in15 Book doc3-02120 in 15: The Lives of Artists
Published March 2016
ISBN 978-1910578254
44 pages
Book Dimensions: 17 x 0.5 x 24 cm
Author – Bill Mudge
Graphic Design – Sean Chilvers
Poetry – Kevin Acott 
Printer – Seacourt
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South – Kevin Acott

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SOLD OUT (11th December 2015)

“Blues, love, moonshine, no pavements, chocolate fountains at breakfast and terrible bloody cheese.”

South is a poetic adventure inspired by Kevin Acott’s travels through North Carolina and Texas. His written observations sit on the page amongst photographs captured during his US journey in September 2015.

South is the first in Sampson Low’s chapbook series.
View our other Chapbooks titles.

Kevin Acott is a lecturer, writer, photographer and semi-professional Londoner. He writes poetry, short stories, weird sort of poemy/short story things and film and album reviews at http://www.somethingaboutengland.co.uk. 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).
http://www.kevinacott.com

Also by Kevin Acott and published by Sampson Low Ltd.
‘A Life of Endings’ (ISBN 9781910578131)

South: Words and Images Inspired by the People and Stories of Trinity, North Carolina and Austin, Texas
by Kevin Acott
Published October 2015
ISBN  978-1-910578-15-5
A6 size
16 printed pages
Colour
Chapbook 1
SLB024
Limited print run of 50

 
5 star REVIEW from Mastabrowza
A breviloquent reasure
It’s small. It’s perfectly formed (in a bespoke, artisan style) and it’s like a compact “On The Road” (but with fewer words and many more pictures – so, in fact, not much like “On The Road” at all – apart from in spirit). So, despite – or perhaps because of – that, it’s a fantastic, petite (and very concise) “must have” item. Small on the outside and not quite as small on the inside.
(16/11/2015)

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
SLB0022
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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 mudgephoto.wordpress.com

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 http://www.somethingaboutengland.co.uk. 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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