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A beautiful collection of evocative prose, poetry and reportage, The Migrant Waders follows the migration routes of wading and shore birds from the high arctic to the tropics, to discover some of the many possible histories of the people and places that exist where the birds make their temporary homes. Featuring 21 ink and watercolour illustrations by artist Ella Johnston, the book explores themes of journey, exile and home, as well as ecology, the environment and ornithology. Contributors include cult author David Southwell, the RSPB’s Martin Harper, David Gange from the University of Birmingham, and the BTO’s Samantha Franks.
Ella Johnston, the book’s illustrator, said: “I am lucky enough to share space with wading birds as they overwinter or pass through on their migrations every year. Drawing and painting them has become something of a life project and I’m pleased to be able to showcase some of that work here, especially as it’s set in the context of such thought-provoking writing.” Martin Bewick, editor, commented: “Our second book builds on the success we had with our unique first publication, Est. Our contributors, from poets Annabel Banks and Caroline Gill, the Guardian’s ‘Country Diarist’ Colin Williams, to Richard Carter from the Friends of Charles Darwin society and our ecologists, have all brought expert insight and wonderfully evoked personal experiences of these incredible birds.”
Acclaim for Est: Collected Reports from East Anglia, also published by Dunlin Press:
“Uniformly excellent, a genuine contribution to East Anglian life and landscape… well-edited,
well designed, and unbreakable.” Ken Worpole, author of The New English Landscape
“Books like Est must be able to be written again by the next generation” Caught By the River
“Strange, reflective, memorable and odd as the region itself” Country Life
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‘Uniformly excellent, a genuine contribution to East Anglian life and landscape… well-edited, well designed, and unbreakable’
Ken Worpole, author of The New English Landscape
‘Strange, reflective, memorable and odd as the region itself’
Libby Purves, Country Life
A journey through the landscapes of East Anglia, Est is a unique collection of prose, poetry and reportage that spans the Wash to the Thames and the Fens to the German Sea. Contributors include the poet and musician Martin Newell, cult author David Southwell, artist Luke Elwes, naturalist Darren Tansley and poet Wendy Mulford. The texts merge psychogeography, social history, personal memoir and travel writing with discourses on local fable, art, archaeology and conservation. The collection explores the salt marshes and creeks, the sand and shingle beaches, the remains of Roman and Anglo-Saxon dwellings, the giant skies, interior geographies and, perhaps most of all, human histories, to paint an enigmatic picture of East Anglia today – while referencing more than 260 places in the region
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