SWARD: skin of the earth – Lucy Furlong

sward (n.)
Meaning “sod, turf” developed from the notion of the “skin” of the earth (compare Old Norse grassvörðr, Danish grønsvær “greensward”).

I first came across the word ‘sward’ in the work of Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) the prolific Victorian author and naturalist. This work was inspired partly by Jefferies’ walks in Tolworth and named after his frequent use of ‘sward’ in his writing.

Richard Jefferies lived in Tolworth from 1877 to 1882 (look out for the blue plaque above number 296 Ewell Road). A book of his essays, Nature Near London, describes what he encountered on his long daily walks through Tolworth and the surrounding
areas. Some of this we are lucky enough to be able still to see today, but much of it is under threat from urban development.

This walk along the central reservation of the A240 Kingston Road, from the Tolworth Roundabout to the border with Surrey, represented in the form of this chapbook, is for those who see this stretch of grass and trees in the middle of the road as the marker for going on an adventure into the countryside, and as a sign of returning home from our journeys.

Lucy Furlong is a writer, poet and walking artist, whose family have lived in Tolworth for generations.

skin of the earth
Lucy Furlong
Published January 2020
ISBN 978-1-912960-31-6
Designed by Mel Hetherington
A6 Size
16 printed pages
Print run of 150
Price – £2.60
BUY SWARD (£2.60 + £1.20 P&P)

Villiers Path – Lucy Furlong

2017_02_VilliersPath_Chapbook_04_paginated.inddTake a walk down this historic narrow foot passage in Surbiton. Will you meet the ghost of the beautiful young Lord Francis Villiers, killed in battle here in 1648.

Villiers Path runs between Hollyfield School and the back gardens of the houses in Cranes Park, coming out half way down Surbiton High Road. It is where Lord Francis Villiers died in a skirmish on Surbiton Common on 7th July 1648, in the latter part of the English Civil War,

Over hundreds of years, as Surbiton has changed and grown, the path has narrowed and become hemmed in. Where was the famous tree, engraved with a ‘V’, which marked the spot where the young and beautiful lord bravely defended himself until death?

Poetry and photography from Lucy Furlong.
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Villiers Path: Scalloped Time
Lucy Furlong
Designed by Mel Hetherington
Published February 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-40-7
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Seethingography imprint chapbook 2
Price – £2

On Thursday 23rd February 2017 Lucy will be launching Villiers Path at the Futures Camarade, which is part of the Visual Poetry show at the Museum of Futures in Surbiton. The exhibition is being curated by  S J Fowler, with assistance from creative writing students at Kingston University, and showcases a diverse range of artists and poets working across the boundaries of visual / textual art.

Read more about the The Seethingographer: #1 Winter 2016