Book Launch! Tinsel Edwards: Priced Out

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Tinsel Edwards, Priced Out. Photography: Lady Ray

When living in London is unaffordable to so many, can the capital remain a creative force in the arts?

Dunlin Press are proud to announce the launch of Dismaland artist Tinsel Edwards’ debut book, Priced Out

Priced Out will be launched at Atom Gallery, 127 Green Lanes, London N16 on 3 August 2017, 6-9pm. atomgallery.co.uk

Limited edition copies of the book will be available to buy at the launch.
A set of postcards featuring Tinsel’s artwork will also be sold to raise money to help people in need after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Priced Out 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.

Tinsel Edwards says of the book:

“It’s my artist’s story – of how and why I started making artwork about the crisis in London housing. It’s the story of artist friends and the people I know. I am proud to have lived here for nearly 20 years. But the London I have known and loved is changing. When I arrived, I felt that I belonged. I wanted to contribute to this fascinating, wonderful place that pulsated with the energy and creativity of communities old and new. Now when I walk the streets I feel like an outsider. Wealth and finance have taken over. The streets don’t feel like they’re mine any more. I am an artist. This is the story of how I came to London to work, and how I – and the fellow artists I’ve met and worked with – are being forced to turn away from the capital. It’s a story that is common to so many people in all walks of life. It’s a story of being priced out.”

Tinsel’s art comments on a variety of contemporary social and political issues. In 2015 her work was selected to be part of Dismaland, Banksy’s ‘bemusement park’ in Weston-Super-Mare. Banksy is a collector of Tinsel’s work and previously invited her to take part in a Santa’s Ghetto exhibition. She has presented work at the first edition of The Art Conference, produced by Tina Ziegler, and exhibited widely across Europe and America. She has worked with Jealous Gallery, Pure Evil Gallery, The Art Car Boot Fair and Galerie Michaela Stock, amongst others. Other titles from Dunlin Press: The Migrant waders, Est: Collected Reports from East Anglia, and Scarecrow.

Priced Out by Tinsel Edwards, photography Lady Ray
Priced Out by Tinsel Edwards. Photography: Lady Ray

Priced Out

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

The artists get there first. They seek out the empty quarters, the vacated spaces, the places in flux and transition. Transience and indeterminacy fires creativity. Disused industrial complexes can be easily remodelled into studio spaces and, sometimes, homes. Housing in less well thought of districts, or areas in decline and decay, is cheaper – affordable for artists who might only have a small income, or a more insecure income, or whose modest income from their creativity must be topped up with other, low-paid, sometimes non-permanent work. But the success of the creative sector can also be its undoing. Money follows creativity, although it is rarely shared out fairly with the artists themselves. Instead, it seeks out and exploits for its own ends the highly marketable quality of ‘cool’ that is inherent in artistic production. The creative quarters of any city so often become places of rampant commerce and capitalism that flushes resident communities out of the area. Behind the newly polished veneer of the creative quarter is the real deal – the rising rents and lowering of living standards that deteriorate as the artists seek to establish themselves. And so, just as the artists are the first to arrive, they are also the first to leave, priced out of a postcode – canaries in the coal mine – signalling the cost of what’s to come. 

Scarecrow: now available to order

MW Bewick Scarecrow

You can now order Scarecrow from our shop, here.

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. Here, a panorama of gleaming towers and blood-red cranes mirrors another of overgrown flora and shorelines collapsing into the sea. At the book’s heart is the figure of the scarecrow – a monad, feet cemented, ragged legs flailing, unable – or unwilling – to act as the world rushes by. 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.

MW Bewick is a writer of poetry and fiction. He works, and is widely published, as a journalist. He lives in Wivenhoe, Essex. See more at mwbewick.commwbewick.com

The book is a limited edition of 94 copies, signed and numbered. Orders can be placed now and will also include a limited edition, hand-stamped poem and a postcard.

New poetry: Scarecrow, by MW Bewick

MW Bewick Scarecrow

We are so pleased that we’re finally publishing Scarecrow, by MW Bewick, next week, Friday 17 March. The book will be launched in Wivenhoe, Essex, at The Wivenhoe Bookshop, at 6.30pm for 7pm.

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.

Here, a panorama of gleaming towers and blood-red cranes mirrors another of overgrown flora and shorelines collapsing into the sea. At the book’s heart is the figure of the scarecrow – a monad, feet cemented, ragged legs flailing, unable – or unwilling – to act as the world rushes by.

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.

About the author

MW Bewick is writer of poetry and fiction, and the co-founder of  Dunlin Press. He lives in Wivenhoe, Essex, with his wife, the artist and illustrator Ella Johnston. He is an organiser at Poetry Wivenhoe, where he regularly reads.

Scarecrow is his first full collection of poetry. His writing can also be found in Dunlin Press’s The Migrant Waders and Est: Collected Reports from East Anglia.

He has previously worked as literary manager of the Blue Elephant Theatre, London, and as a singer and songwriter he released a self-titled EP and 7-inch single on Hard Graft records, as well as an EP with Acertone. He works, and is widely published, as a journalist.

Our writers: 2

 

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Here’s the second of four posts telling you a little more about some of our contributors.

Dr James Canton has written widely in creative non-fiction forms and taught on the MA in Wild Writing at the University of Essex since its inception in 2009, exploring the ties between the literature and landscape of East Anglia. He has run many workshops to encourage writing on nature and landscape, and worked on Radio 4 detailing the writing and landscapes of Essex such as for ‘Something Understood’ on John Clare and Epping Forest (August 2014) and ‘Open Country’ on Tollesbury Wick and literary Essex (November 2015). His book Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape (2013) is inspired by rural wanderings in the county. Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into Prehistoric Britain is forthcoming with Collins in 2017.

Tim Cunningham is an Irish poet who lives in Essex. His collections, Don Marcelino’s Daughter (2001) and Unequal Thirds (2006) were published by Peterloo Poets;  Kyrie (2008), Siege (2012) and Almost Memories (2014) by Revival Press.

Ivan Cutting helped found Eastern Angles in 1982 and is now its chief executive and artistic director. The company is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council and creates theatre with a sense of place. He has also written many of its plays, including in 2012 Private Resistance and in 2015 Oysters. For Radio 4 he wrote and directed The Reapers Year. He regularly contributes to the Birkbeck MFA Director’s course, is a Fellow of Suffolk New College, a Trustee of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, a director of New Heritage Solutions and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by UEA/University College Suffolk in 2004.

Mark Deal is a sound recordist, working between the field and the studio. An Essex-native, Mark aims in his sound work to provide a sense of what it was like to be in place (real or imagined) at a specific place and time. His website is at veryreverend.com.

Luke Elwes is a painter whose work has been exhibited widely in the UK and Europe since his first exhibition in 1990. He currently divides his time between the studio in London and the marshes, islands and creeks on the Essex coast.

Elaine Ewart is a poet and nature writer who recently completed an MA in Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment at the University of Essex. She was the first Fenland Poet Laureate in 2012, and her first short poetry collection, Fur, Feather and Fen, was self-published in 2014. She blogs at flightfeather.wordpress.com.

Dr Tim Gardiner is an ecologist and poet. His haiku have been published in literary magazines including Blithe Spirit, Frogpond and Presence. A collection of poetry, Wilderness, is published by Brambleby Books. He has published many papers on natural history and several books, including one about glow-worms.

Lander Hawes is a writer whose novel Captivity was published by Unthank Books in 2012. His story ‘Bird Tables for Swans’ was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2014, and ‘Differences in Lifts’ appeared in Unthology 2. He has read at events in London, Norwich and at the Short Wonder Short Story festival. He lives and works in Norwich.

Robert Jackson was born Cheltenham in 1944 and between 1962 to 1967 studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Between 1967 and 1969 he lived in a barn at Pattles Farm, Knodishall, Suffolk and moved into the former Primitive Methodist Chapel, Westleton in 1977. There, as Westleton Chapel Gallery, he mounted art exhibitions from 1979 to 1991, and in 1982, as Chapel Books, began selling rare and secondhand books. In 2009 he launched chapelbooks.com.

More to follow…

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Dunlin Press has been very lucky to work with some incredible writers on both Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia and The Migrant Waders.

Here’s the first of four posts telling you a little more about some of our contributors.

Wendy Mulford grew up in Wales, has has lived in London, Cambridge and Suffolk and has taught in Cambridge and London (latterly at Anglia Ruskin and Cambridge universities) for 30 years. She founded the influential poetry press Street Editions in 1971. And Suddenly, Supposing: Selected Poems was published by Etruscan Press in 2002 and The Land Between was published by Reality Street in 2009. Recent work has appeared in By the North Sea: An Anthology of Suffolk Poetry, edited by Aidan Semmens (Shearsman, 2013) and she has also contributed to In Her Own Words: Women Talking Poetry and Wales,  edited by Alice Entwistle (Seren  2014).

Martin Newell is a musician and writer. He makes records and writes books. He has written for the Independent titles, the Guardian, Mojo, Record Collector, Viz comic and other titles. He is currently the Saturday columnist for the East Anglian Daily Times and resident poet for the Sunday Express. He lives in Essex where he divides his time.

Chris Petit is a novelist and filmmaker. During the 1970s he was film editor for Time Out and wrote for the Melody Maker. His 1979 road movie Radio On is considered a cult classic. Novels include Robinson (1993), The Hard Shoulder (2001) and The Passenger (2006).

Philip Crummy  was born in Edinburgh. He is a member of the Institute for Archaeologists and the director and chief archaeologist of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, a registered charity founded in 1963 to research into and promote the archaeology of Colchester. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex in 2008.

Melinda Appleby is an East Anglian writer exploring connections between the nature and culture of land and has been published in Est, Collected Reports from East Anglia and Words and Women Two. She has won Country Living’s Best Writer Award, has a Creative Writing diploma from the University of East Anglia and an MA in Wild Writing from the University of Essex. When not penning her own work, she runs Sandlines with Lois Williams, providing bespoke landscape writing workshops. She can be found at melindaappleby.co.uk.

Edmund Blakeney is a writer and graduate of English Literature from the University of Essex. He has lived most of his life in Norfolk and is fascinated by the obscure and marginal literary heritage of East Anglia and by the ‘hidden treasures’ of English folklore.

We’ll be rounding up a few more in the coming days. And adding a few more to the list later in 2017.

Poetry in Aldeburgh

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It’s time for Poetry in Aldeburgh 2016 – and we’re delighted to say that Dunlin Press authors Elaine Ewart, Pam Job, Antony Johae and Rosie Sandler will all be reading at the festival.

Events take place across the weekend at the Jubilee Hall, Peter Pears Gallery and The Lookout. If you’re attending, make sure you drop in on the lovely Aldeburgh Bookshop, where copies of Est: Collected Reports from East Anglia, and The Migrant Waders are on sale – featuring words from the poets above, plus writing from authors across the UK.

A special mention to a few other Aldeburgh paricipants who we’ve had the pleasure of running into over the past few years – all contributing to the region’s many and varied poetry platforms:

Emily Berry – we don’t tire of her first collection with Faber. Kayo Chingonyi – read at Poetry Wivenhoe last year; an eloquent, often spellbinding reader. Poetry By Heart – Dunlin editor MW Bewick has judged a few rounds of this competition to get young people excited about reading poetry; its rewards are many. Suffolk Poetry Society – jam-packed with talent. Colchester Poetry Group/Mosaic – you want some? They’ve got it. Poetry, that is. And finally, the amazing Poetry Wivenhoe – readings from a group that’s like a magnet for some of Britain’s best and brightest names in poetry.

Find out more at the Poetry in Aldeburgh website.

Enjoy the weekend!

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