Locked down but looking out


A moment of reflection before we push on towards the publication of our next book(s).

Since we set up Dunlin Press a handful of years ago, almost 80 writers have contributed words to our books. Poems, memoir, psychogeography, journalism, local histories and more have all been part of the broad range of content we’ve published – and we’ve been delighted to include contributions from both established and up-and-coming writers.

The biographies printed in our anthologies show just what a wide pool of experience the stories and poems are drawn from. And while we know that most writers have ‘other jobs’ that might inform or support their work, we’ve always been keen to include words from people who might not ordinarily see themselves as writers.

We publish books here at Dunlin Press, but really those printed pages are only an output – a consequence – of a creative investigation into a specific area of interest. We see each book as an art project, and a background in magazine journalism also brings insight and experience into how each part of that project locks together to make the whole.

To mention but a few names, across our titles we’ve been pleased to feature words from: Romanian artist Matei Bejenaru; artist and writer Tessa Berring; writer and publisher Gary Budden; wild writing lecturer James Canton; Forward prize-winning poet Vahni Capildeo; nature photographer and writer Richard Carter; archaeologist Philip Crummy; poet Tim Cunningham; theatre director Ivan Cutting; artists Tinsel Edwards and Luke Elwes; BTO ecologist Samantha Franks; lecturer and writer David Gange; gallerist CA Halpin; RSPB conservationist Martin Harper; legendary Suffolk bookshop owner and artist Robert Jackson; artist Calum F Kerr; filmmaker Gary Liggett; journalist and editor Chris Maillard; folk musician and writer Adrian May; the Refugee Council’s Rebecca Moore; poet Wendy Mulford; musician and poet Martin Newell (Cleaners from Venus); nature writer Kerri ní Dochartaigh; writer Dr Golnoosh Nour; artist Harry Pye; film director and novelist Chris Petit; criminologist Anna Sergi; Hookland historian David Southwell; journalist Vicky Spratt; Wildlife Trust ecologist Darren Tansley; architect Bryan Thomas; poet Alex Toms; artist Twinkle Troughton; and Guardian Country Diarist Colin Williams…

Okay, so that’s to mention quite a few, but certainly not all, and we’d like to offer a sincere ‘thank you’ to everyone whose contributions have made our books what they are.

Very soon we’ll have news of our next book, a collection of poetry from our own MW Bewick. It’s out (lockdown permitting) in late spring/early summer. We’re also excited to say that a second book for 2020, from writer Lucia Dove, will follow in the autumn. Fingers crossed that by then we can all meet in person for a fantastic launch (or two, or three).

More soon.

Ella and Martin

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