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! Amidst 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 – Towpath Silence – Pen & Ink drawing, 2021.

Here is a first proper look at Glasgow based Iain Sharpe’s fantastic pen and ink drawing ‘Towpath Silence‘ 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…

  • Click here to PRE ORDER
  • Published 27.05.21
  • Hardback Edition in Full colour
  • 112 pages
  • Price: £20.00 (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.

2020 – Chroma & Out…

As we hurtle towards the end of a tumultuous and complete bugger of a year for so many, we thought it would be fitting to show our gratitude to everyone who has supported us…It’s been an incredibly challenging and yet rewarding period at the same time. To have finished 2020 with our first publication, to put on an exhibition to accompany the book at Cross Lane Projects (providing such wonderful and inspiring feedback) topped off by an appearance at the online Kendal Mountain Literature Festival has definitely made all the struggles worthwhile! We are very grateful for your support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Talking of which, if you fancy giving someone a distinctly edgy Christmas present, you can order our very first title – Boundary Songs from a number of online retailers including: Sam Read Bookseller, Waterstones, or Bookshop.org.

David Banning in conversation with Will Smith for Kendal Mountain Literature Festival 2020.

Don’t forget you can still watch David’s entertaining conversation (including films, photographs and a reading from Boundary Songs) with Cumbria Life’s Will Smith for the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival on catch-up until 31st December 2020 – click HERE to get access now.

And if you don’t own a copy yet – ‘Becoming the path itself…(The dreams of exiled souls…)‘ is a limited edition exchange between the artists/authors Julian Hyde and David Banning.

The 24 page full colour booklet includes a sleek, eloquent design and layout by Neil Jackson of Post-Nearly Press, alongside drawings by Iain Sharpe, interweaving text and photography throughout…Copies are £6.00 (including postage) – to place an order, please email: julian@voicesinalane.co.uk – only a few are left now, don’t miss out!

Finally, we have news of a NEW TITLE for 2021 – an assemblage produced by around 10 writers and artists responding to lockdown in their own territories – using fragmentary texts, short stories, photographs, drawings and collage… A document of traces from Newcastle, the Lake District, Lancashire and London…formed of spectral walks, psychogeographical encounters, eerie geometries, deserted towpaths, former railway lines, discarded masks, ghostly enclaves and sudden verdures… 

Jessica Warren Quotidian

Boundaries dissolving…Everything muffled and haunted, desperate for re-connection. Dust, rust and peeling paint triggering acknowledgement of hyperawareness.

The stunned side streets and somnolent houses evoked by Graham Greene as,”the unfamiliar shadows of half things, broken things, former things.”

Somehow the sense of wonder lingered within the dreamlike stillness, whilst the confusion and horror of reality grew deeper as dusk never came…

We are hoping to produce a limited-edition hardback in full colour – with all royalties going to a charity (to be designated). More details as soon as we have them in the new year…Well, that’s about it for now – what with all the uncertainty in the world, let’s hope for a much brighter and more hopeful 2021 – until then, keep yourselves and your families safe…

What manner of theatre is it, in which we are at once playwright, actor, stage manager, scene painter and audience?”― W.G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn

Interview booklet – Becoming the path itself…(The dreams of exiled souls…) order details –

We met during the endless post-referendum rain. Both of us increasingly hemmed in by a workplace where creative communication was virtually impossible. Stolen, fragmentary conversations revealed parallel paths, a shared, if faded, belief in some form of psychogeography as a way through the creeping inertia…

Julian Hyde on the origins of Boundary Songs: Notes from the edge of the Lake District National Park

This limited edition booklet is an intimate exchange between the artists/authors Julian Hyde and David Banning. An engaging discussion unfolds on various themes involved with the origins and methods during the creation of the Boundary Songs book. Featuring a sleek, eloquent design and layout by Neil Jackson of Post-Nearly Press, alongside drawings by Iain Sharpe, it is a perfect companion piece to the book.

‘Becoming the path itself…(The dreams of exiled souls…)‘ – priced at £6.00 (including postage) a 24 page full colour booklet interweaves text and photography throughout…

To place an order, please email: julian@voicesinalane.co.uk

Boundary Songs exhibition – Last Few Days!

“Really original perspectives on what is all around but rarely ‘seen’. Fabulous light and shadows intertwined…

“Such a refreshing view of the UK, England, Life right now!

(recent comments from the visitors book)

The Boundary Songs exhibition at Cross Lane Projects, Kendal is now into its final few days (ending on Friday 23rd October 2020). We’ve had some fantastic visitor feedback – here are some of the alluring images from the show…

David Banning and Julian Hyde spoke about the exhibition with Helen Millican on the BBC Radio Cumbria Evening show on Monday 19th October – click here to listen. David also featured on another programme with Helen aired on the 15th October, speaking at length about the inspiration and process of writing the Boundary Songs book – fittingly recorded underneath the looming presence of Shap Pink Quarry! Click here to listen back. Don’t miss the track ‘The Hobb’ especially chosen from Richard Skelton’s Border Ballads album (that features in the Boundary Songs film) played in between the chat alongside other music from Kraftwerk and XTC.

Boundary Songs – Private View – FREE ticket details…

It’s just two weeks to go until the opening of the Boundary Songs exhibition at Cross Lane Projects gallery in Kendal.

Join us on Friday 9th October between 6pm – 8pm for a special exhibition preview with music (including a DJ set from Julian Hyde) and the odd tipple!

The event is FREE, but we’re asking all attendees to book a ticket in advance, please click here to register (Maximum 6 tickets per person).

In the meantime, don’t forget to check the Aerial Festival website from tomorrow (Saturday 26th September) for a chance to view a new unseen short film from the Boundary Songs project, ‘The Drift’ by David Banning – made available as an exclusive by Caught by the River. The film will also be featuring in the exhibition at Cross Lane Projects from 10 – 23 October (gallery open 12-5pm everyday).

Caught by the River x AERIAL Festival – exclusive film details…

After the cancellation of the physical Aerial Festival — due to have taken place in March, an online version of the event will go live from 26th September. We are pleased to announce a new unseen short film from the Boundary Songs project, ‘The Drift’ by David Banning – will be made available as an exclusive by the online arts/nature/culture clash site: Caught by the River. The film concerns the reverberations of an old bobbin mill at Caldbeck, and the limestone outcrop of Humphrey Head, near Allithwaite in Cumbria. It is set to music from Richard Skelton’s 2019 album Border Ballads.

A mix of spoken word, music, and nature sounds inspired by the Lakes, other artists and performers on the Caught by the River lineup include: BBC 6Music’s Stuart Maconie, author Roy Wilkinson, field recording artist Chris Watson, music from Jack Cooper (Modern Nature), and a reading from author Helen Mort.

All pieces go live on the Aerial website next Saturday and will be free to access…

Little Toller ‘The Clearing’ excerpt & Post-Punk mix-tape…

Award winning Dorset based publisher Little Toller have just published an excerpt from our new Boundary Songs book by David Banning on their excellent online journal, The Clearing.

SHAP PINK QUARRY – 2018 photograph by DAVID BANNING

Click here to read Shap – Plumgarths…a song scattering a trail of columns and façades throughout the north of England.

We thought we’d mark the publication of our first book – Boundary Songs on Tuesday 15th September in a special way by putting together a mix-tape of Post-Punk songs to share with everyone!

Click here and listen to the likes of: Pylon, Joy Division, Talking Heads, Kraftwerk, XTC, Cabaret Voltaire and The Cocteau Twins…