A title from The Old School Press 

A Long Story

A four-part poem by Andrew Motion, with four wood-engravings by Simon Brett

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About the book

In print and sets of sheet are available

To provide an early focus for its work in printing poetry, The Old School Press published a series of five books, each consisting of new work by a contemporary British poet, accompanied by illustrations by British artists.

For the fifth title in our series of the work of contemporary British poets, we were fortunate to have the opportunity of printing an extended four-part poem by Poet Laureate emeritus Andrew Motion.

Writing of his work, Motion says 'A Long Story assembled itself over several years into a loose sequence of four sections, none of them rhymed, and all are written in a very loose, rambling rhythm. I began with the wish to identify certain memories in my childhood which I've always considered to be 'spots of time' - ie, moments which have a self-contained interest and drama - and ended up with scenes which anticipate (even predict) certain moods and attitudes I have as an adult.'

To complement Motion's narrative style, we turned once more to leading wood-engraver Simon Brett, whose ability to tell a story in a single sinewy image we greatly admire, and who cut four wood-engravings for the book.

About the edition

The text was hand-set in 14pt Fournier italic and printed on 170gsm Magnani mould-made paper. The book follows the series binding style: quarter-bound with yellow cloth on the spine, this time with a rich dark green hand-made paper from the Larroque mill covering the boards, black Canson end-papers, and the title embossed in gold on the front cover. 230 copies. All copies are signed by poet and artist. 44pp.

The price is £72 each for bound copies. Unbound sets of sheets are 50.

Find out more about the book

View one of Simon Brett's wood engravings:

View a designer binding by Rachel Ward-Sale

View a designer binding by Kate Holland

Find out about other titles in the series - click on the green blobs

Desmond Post (out of print)

David Burnett

James Kirkup

Adrian Henri

Andrew Motion


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