West Cumbria Mining Chapbook details…

Out: 15th September 2022

ISBN: 978-1-8380915-4-5

Paperback: 40 pages (includes cover drawing by Iain Sharpe & x 17 b&w images)

Price: £6.50

Dimensions: 140mm x 2.5mm x 216mm


The politics of fuel laid bare…

Follow David Banning into the fractured terrain of Whitehaven via the Fylde coast and the chalky cliffs of East Sussex as he absorbs the mining history and industrial grandeur once associated with West Cumbria. Nearly 15 years ago a list scribbled down on the back of an old bingo flyer – given to him by his late father – highlighted the names of five coal miners from former West Cumberland towns. A family history that once pointed to a final adventure before the development of the Cumbrian Metallurgical Coal Project brought the empty hyperbole of modern day taglines and slogans more sharply into focus. Coal for Steel. Indigenous versus imported. A plan for jobs. Growing the economy and the much-trailed ‘levelling up’. The gradual dissolution of life drifts down into the silence between shadows…

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Seasons Greetings…

It’s been another hard year with many ups and downs for everyone, but I am especially proud of the two books we published, From Tarmac to Towpath: Excursions into Lockdown & Post-Nearly Press Conversation Series Editions 1-5/2014-2019, our commemorative limited edition 7″ vinyl: “L’Etranger/Amour Fou” plus all the other film and music produced throughout as well…

I would like to express my sincerest thanks again to all the contributors who gave their time for free and created some fantastic work for the From Tarmac to Towpath book – raising over £300 for The Trussell Trust and the #TogetherForChange campaign.

Chroma’s output will be very limited next year as I want to concentrate solely on writing projects again, so in the meantime – I hope you have enjoyed everything so far, I’m very thankful, as ever, for your support…

Have a cracking holiday and a happy new year – let’s hope for better things in 2022…

D.B.

Post-Nearly Press Conversation Series book now available…

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PUBLISHED 25 NOVEMBER 2021

New Book details confirmed

POST-NEARLY PRESS CONVERSATION SERIES EDITIONS 1-5 / 2014-2019

OUT: NOVEMBER 25th 2021

COLOUR PAPERBACK – 262 PAGES

ISBN: 9781838091538

FEATURING: Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit, Andrew Kötting, Alan Moore and Stewart Lee.
  • All five of the Post-Nearly Press Conversation Series of books compiled together for the first time and made available in colour paperback format, with original artwork and a brand new cover design by Craig Turnbull.
  • Featuring live face-to-face conversations, unprecedented in length, with five of the UK’s most visionary authors/artists, including: Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit, Andrew Kötting, Alan Moore and Stewart Lee.
  • The book has a substantial and completely exclusive foreword from Iain Sinclair – a bristling and brilliant piece of writing titled, Pre-Posthumous Words for Post-Nearly Press.

Perfect for fans, collectors and newcomers alike, the Post-Nearly Press Conversation Series traverse the compelling methods, inspirations and creative outlooks from five of the UK’s most visionary authors/artists. Iain Sinclair kicks it all off with a fascinating ride through the navigation of territory and the enduring influence of J.G. Ballard. Chris Petit discusses The Museum of Loneliness and relationships with screens. Andrew Kötting penetrates the London Olympic site and the post-punk era of music, while the illustrious Alan Moore performs an impromptu Mandrill rap in a unique Northampton studio. Lastly, comedian Stewart Lee recalls the late Vorticist poet bloke – Mark E Smith from The Fall.

New Title confirmed (& ‘Boundary Songs’ Shortlisted for Lakeland Book Awards)

Out November 2021:

Post-Nearly Press Conversation Series Editions 1-5 / 2014-2019

Colour Paperback 260 pages ISBN: 9781838091538

What you have to appreciate, as a card-carrying ‘post-nearly’ spook, one of the reforgotten with no ticket of return, is that everything that follows is a posthumous dream, spun, as politicians would have it, around ‘the direction of travel’. ‘This is so surreal,’ they bluster. That state of dissociated and unfocused emotionalism required of moderately successful Olympic athletes by media vultures frantic for another orgasm of salt tears. But the experience of not-being-there is as real as it is ever going to get…

IAIN SINCLAIR – (extract from: PRE-POSTHUMOUS WORDS FOR POST-NEARLY PRESS)

All five editions in the Post-Nearly Press Conversations Series have been made available in paperback for the very first time. Featuring the live face-to-face conversations traversing the compelling methods, inspirations and creative outlooks from: Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit, Andrew Kötting, Alan Moore & Stewart Lee – a must for fans and collectors alike…

More details to follow soon


All 18 books on the 2021 Lakeland Book awards Shortlist

Finally, we were delighted that our first book ‘BOUNDARY SONGS: Notes from the Edge of the Lake District National Park’ made the Shortlist for The Striding Edge Prize for Guides and Places at the 2021 Lakeland Book Awards.  Winners will be announced on 19th October at a glittering charity event, to be held at the Roundthorn Country House Hotel near Penrith…So until then, we’ll keep everything crossed & wish the very best of luck to all the other authors on the list!


One Year Anniversary special edition 7″ & new title details…

One year, two books, four films, a collaborative exhibition, 11 blog posts, 582 tweets and a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged us to keep going! At the beginning of August 2020, Chroma Editions tentatively edged out into the long plastic hallway of publishing. To celebrate and mark the fact we are somehow still here, we have produced our first foray into sound – a special limited edition of x20 7″ singles available exclusively on heavyweight vinyl. In keeping with our ethos of Lo-Tech, the two tracks ‘L’Etranger & Amour Fou‘ were put together during lockdown using just the Garageband app with an iPad. L’Etranger is a tribute to the seminal work by Albert Camus and features spoken word by Louise Smith. Both tracks were devised by the unknown superstar DJ Jobby Plectrum, a reclusive sometime musician, author, photographer and filmmaker, (whose real initials are actually: DB…)

Copies are priced at: £15.00 (incl P&P), please send payments to: paypal.me/chromaeditions or email: chromaeditionsinfo@gmail.com

Cover pic of our very limited edition 7″ single to mark the one year anniversary of Chroma Editions…

Back in September 2020, trying to publish our first book ‘Boundary Songs’ in the midst of a pandemic, while up against a backlog of publishing heavyweights certainly proved to be a formidable challenge! In a climate of uncertainty, brick walls and smatterings of indifference appeared to be the daily norm. However, we constantly re-grouped and persevered and soon became extremely grateful to Sam Read Bookseller, Grasmere, Cumbria for their support and for offering us a much-needed way to sell our new title (and to the author Philip Hoare who provided such a wonderful quote, including the tagline – ‘post-punk-folk-romanticism’ that we duly placed on the front cover). Without both of them we wouldn’t be here, simple as that….It just goes to show what can be achieved when someone is prepared to get behind your work and help promote it. For a tiny press like ours, the Sam Read’s and Philip Hoare’s of this world are national treasures!

One of the many successes of the subsequent ‘Boundary Songs exhibition’ held at the excellent Cross Lane Projects gallery, Kendal, Cumbria in October 2020 was an opportunity to meet and engage with like-minded artists. This quickly led to the genesis for our second title, ‘From Tarmac to Towpath: Excursions into Lockdown’ published at the end of May 2021. Which featured a collection of stunning works from 13 artists across the length and breadth of the UK. With all royalties going to designated local food banks. Films and music produced under lockdown accompanied the project and feature alongside other content on our Chroma Editions YouTube Channel.

And finally…some MEGA NEWS!! Our next title scheduled for late Autumn 2021 will be a hardback compilation of the near legendary Post-Nearly Press conversations series. With all original copies (even damages and rejects) of the unique stapled books now long sold out, a new compilation is planned which will feature the five editions to date (with Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit, Andrew Kötting, Alan Moore and Stewart Lee), along with unseen artwork, an introduction, foreword and some extras. We are very excited to be working on this amazing series! So that’s a little taster of our inaugural year – thanks again for your support and remember to stay tuned for more details about all of our future projects…

The original Post-Nearly Press conversations series of stapled books…

Cover Image & PRE-ORDER Details

Iain Sharpe – Pen & Ink drawing, 2021.

Here is a first proper look at Glasgow based Iain Sharpe’s fantastic pen and ink drawing that will soon adorn the covers of our forthcoming title, ‘From Tarmac to Towpath: Excursions into Lockdown‘. A scene no doubt familiar to many locals who regularly walk the towpath of the Lancaster Canal at Hest Bank, passing by all sorts of bizarre and witty wonders from the dummies found on display there. During lockdown they always initiated typically strange and eccentric allusions, colouring walks with a strong flavour of theatre. An astonishing stage setting that provides the perfect platform for the opening scene of our second publication…

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  • Published 27.05.21
  • Hardback Edition in Full colour
  • 112 pages
  • Price: £15.99 (All sales royalties will be donated to local foodbanks)

New Film Premiere Details…

David Banning – From Tarmac to Towpath

Upcoming Premiere! Watch and chat live with other viewers as this upload is shown for the very first time here and on YouTube. ‘From Tarmac to Towpath’ a short film by David Banning will premiere on Wednesday 28th April at 7.00pm.

The film features a series of excursions filmed around Lancaster and Morecambe in Lancashire, England between January and February 2021. It is a companion piece to the forthcoming book ‘From Tarmac to Towpath: Excursions into Lockdown set to be published on 27th May 2021 by Chroma Editions, which features 13 writers and artists responding to lockdown in their own territories – using fragmentary texts, short stories, photographs, drawings and collage… Stunned side streets and somnolent houses evoked by Graham Greene as, ”the unfamiliar shadows of half things, broken things, former things.”

Update: From Tarmac to Towpath – new book coming soon!

Lakes is Closed – Road sign nr Prizet North Service Station off A591, Kendal, Cumbria – photo by David Banning

It only seems a moment ago since we were signing off 2020 and bracing ourselves for the onset of winter as a new variant of Covid played havoc despite the ongoing restrictions. Fast forward nearly three months and here we are on the threshold of tentative new beginnings. Almost one year on from the outbreak of a global pandemic that despite the worldwide vaccination programme is undoubtedly something we will have to learn to live with. Certainly for the foreseeable and perhaps the next couple of years at least. Since March 2020, the daily news bulletins have been dominated by truly awful statistics amid accusations of incompetence and stories of dedication and heroism. As everyone keeps reminding us, these are extraordinary times we are living through with the human and financial repercussions to be felt into the next few decades, possibly even longer…It therefore seems an obvious statement to make, but it was against this unprecedented background that our new publication – From Tarmac to Towpath: Excursions into Lockdown was first muted.

What About US? pencil, pen on paper by Neil Jackson

To be able to try processing everything, both myself and fellow collaborator Julian Hyde felt compelled to try and mark recent events somehow. We quickly realised that perhaps the best way forward would be to invite other artists/writers to contribute their own experiences of the past year. After packing up the Boundary Songs exhibition at Cross Lane Projects gallery, Kendal in October 2020, our attentions soon turned to the new project. Slowly, a fascinating body of work started to emerge from artists across the UK. Ranging from Joanna Pocock’s – Lockdown London to Clare Archibald’s – Ghost Trains of Lockdown, David Banning’s short story The Gift of Time, musician Alasdair MacLean’s After Self-isolation and Neil Jackson’s Catalogue of Lockdown. In total, thirteen artists have generously responded and contributed towards a narrative that plays out across the streets of London, Lancashire, Cumbria, Newcastle, Glasgow and up to the Firth of Forth.

The book’s cover image is currently being created by the artist Iain Sharpe. We will publish the book as a full colour hardback limited edition in May/June 2021. Any profits from sales will go to designated food banks. Please keep checking this website and @ChromaEditions Twitter feed for updates. A film piece by David Banning will also accompany the publication.