2015 has been quite a year for Dunlin Press.
In January, the manuscript of our first book, Est: Collected Reports from East Anglia was covered in proofing marks and being read, and re-read – mostly on trains between the north of Essex and London Liverpool Street station. The cover, meanwhile, was being colour-adjusted to deliver just the right tone of yellow. These things are important.
The book was launched in March at Wivenhoe Bookshop – it was rammed, and along with plenty of wine there were readings and conversation from contributors Martin Newell, Adrian May, Tim Cunningham, Peter Kennedy and Rosie Sandler, and from Dunlin’s co-founders and editors Ella Johnston and MW Bewick. Thanks to everyone who made it such a memorable night.
Post launch, Est was received well in the press:
On his blog The New English Landscape, author Ken Worpole wrote of Est that it was ‘uniformly excellent, a genuine contribution to East Anglian life and landscape… well-edited, well designed, and unbreakable’.
Writing on Caught By the River, Danny Adcock noted Est‘s ‘refreshing breadth’ and commented that the book was ‘unafraid to break from the middle-classness that dogs much landscape, place and nature writing’. He added: ‘Books like Est must be able to be written again by the next generation.
Hidden Europe magazine called it an ‘An excellent book’ with a ‘good dose of psychogeography’, and in Country Life magazine, Libby Purves described it as ‘strange, reflective, memorable and odd as the region itself’ and noted contributor David Southwell’s hypnotic evocation of ’empty-quarter Essex’ and ‘a wonderful essay on Sutton Hoo and its ghosts’ from Elaine Ewart.
And let’s not forget the local East-Anglian coverage: The Great Yarmouth Mercury called Est ‘though-provoking work’ and enjoyed its ‘beautiful poetry evocative of the area’.
Meanwhile, back in the spring, the Colchester Gazette said the book painted ‘an enigmatic picture of East Anglia’; and then in a December, in a list of the top books of the year, called it ‘one of the most wonderful books ever about this often overlooked region of the UK.’
We’d like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has written kind words about Est, and to the bookshops that have stocked it and supported Dunlin Press early in its journey. Then there are our brilliant contributors:
Melinda Appleby, MW Bewick, Edmund Blakeney, James Canton, Philip Crummy, Tim Cunningham, Ivan Cutting, Mark Deal, Luke Elwes, Elaine Ewart, Tim Gardiner, Lander Hawes, Robert Jackson, Antony Johae, Ella Johnston, Peter Kennedy, Poppy Kleiser, Thyrza Leyshon, Chris Maillard, Adrian May, Laurence Mitchell, Wendy Mulford, Martin Newell, Chris Petit
Rosie Sandler, David Southwell, Darren Tansley and Jennifer Walford.
And, of course, we’d like to thank everyone who’s bought or borrowed a copy. We hope you’ve enjoyed dipping in and out of it as much as we did putting it together.
In the spring, Dunlin Press Book 002 will be published – we’re very excited about it and will be revealing information in the New Year.
In the meantime, enjoy this mild midwinter holiday.
Ella & Martin