Dunlin Press is an independent publishing house based in the artistic community of Wivenhoe, Essex. Its focus is emerging writers and visual artists whose work is intelligent, thought-provoking and beautiful, and which for various reasons might prove difficult to place with more established or commercial publishers. Dunlin Press publishes works of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, photo-essays, illustration and more.

The Orphaned Spaces, MW Bewick and Ella Johnston published by Dunlin Press

Our latest book, The Orphaned Spaces,  is an illustrated exploration of overlooked areas of natural beauty – edgelands, ex-industrial, derelict and brownfield sites, and the sometimes rare flora and fauna that is found there. More than a nature book, it is a rumination on life, loss and time, through the prism of liminal spaces captured in moments between dilapidation and regeneration. The book is the culmination of a multi-discipline collaboration by poet MW Bewick and artist Ella Johnston.

The Orphaned Spaces is also available as a limited edition, made-to-order box set.

The Orphaned Spaces Box Set (c) dunlin press

Priced Out by Tinsel Edwards, photography Lady Ray
Priced Out by Tinsel Edwards, photography Lady Ray

Priced Out, by Tinsel Edwards, is a personal and powerful look at the declining state of housing in the capital through the eyes of an artist. It traces the high rises in cost of rented accommodation, the spiralling property prices, and skewers the reasons why artists, who contribute – like so many others – so much to the character, wellbeing and uniqueness of London life, are being priced out of the city.

MW Bewick Scarecrow

Scarecrow is the third release from Dunlin Press. This debut collection of poems from MW Bewick transfigures contemporary landscapes of the city and the countryside in an unsettling flux of fractured narrative time and atomised human agency.  At turns wistful, angry, and touched with remorse, this inventive and thought-provoking volume brings together registers of folk, baroque and the surreal to confront a 21st-century sense of existential crisis.

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Dunlin Press’ second book The Migrant Waders, a collection of illustration, evocative prose, poetry and reportage that follows the migration routes of wading and shore birds from the high arctic to the tropics.

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Its first book is Est: Collected reports from East Anglia, a collection of fiction, non-fiction and psychogeography from Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

About us

Dunlin Press is operating as a not-for-profit enterprise and was founded by Martin Bewick and Ella Johnston in 2014.

Martin Bewick is a magazine editor and writer who has contributed to many publications on subjects including art, architecture and social trends. He has taught at the University of Essex, where his doctoral study was on the writing of James Kelman. He has had short stories and poetry published and writes a weekly flash fiction blog. He is interested in modernism, serialism and minimalism.

Ella Johnston has worked as an editor across numerous magazines and websites. As an artist her drawings and paintings, installation works and occasional forays into TV and video have been shown across London and in the South East. She is inspired by the work of 20th-century British printmakers, vintage botanical illustrations and up-and-coming illustrators, the writing of Tolstoy and Joyce, Pelican book design and Irish and working-class storytelling and history.

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