Praise for Dunlin Press

Dunlin Press and its authors have received many plaudits -– we felt it was only fair to share them with you…

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

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‘Tinsel has written a valuable social document… Priced Out reads like a dispatch from a war zone. Which, in a way, it is.”
East Anglian Daily Times

‘An important voice to a problem that isn’t going away any time soon”
East End Review on Tinsel Edwards (The Poor Door exhibition review, 2015 
 

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Scarecrow

 
‘A seriously good poet – fierce, political, able to capture industrial and post industrial landscapes with precise and sometimes painful imagery, tender about the natural world – love it!’
Kate Foley, poet 
 
‘An ambitious book… I look forward to reading more of this poet’
Billy Mills, poet
 
‘Hugely accomplished’
Poetry Wivenhoe
 
‘If I ever write anything half as good as Scarecrow or have something that lovely looking published, I’ll be bloody happy’
David Southwell, author Hookland Guide
 

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The Migrant Waders

 
‘Central to this book are the beautiful drawings… another gorgeous work’
Daily Gazette
 
‘A rich mix of prose and reportage drizzled with a little poetry… an object of desire’
East Anglian Daily Times
 
‘Lavishly and exquisitely illustrated’
Caroline Gill, poet
 

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Est: Collected Reports from East Anglia

 
‘Books like Est must be able to be written again by the next generation’
Caught By The River
 
‘Uniformly excellent… well-edited, well designed, and unbreakable’
Ken Worpole, author of The New English Landscape
 
‘Strange, reflective, memorable and odd as the region itself’
Country Life
 
‘An excellent book’ 
Hidden Europe

About Priced Out Author Tinsel Edwards

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Tinsel Edwards, photography Lady Ray

Dunlin Press’ new release Priced Out is written by acclaimed artist Tinsel Edwards.

Priced Out is Tinsel’s first book and is being launched at Atom Gallery, 127 Green Lanes, London N16 on 3 August 2017, 6-9pm.

Tinsel Edwards (born 1979) is a British artist originally from Leamington Spa, England. She lives and works in London.

Tinsel’s art is politically motivated but there is also an autobiographical element – the subjects and themes she tackles often relate to her personal experiences. Predominantly she works with oil paint on canvas, but her varied practice also includes printmaking, sign writing and painting on different surfaces such as bedsheets, reclaimed wood and correx board.

She has exhibited across the UK and in Germany, Austria, Poland and America. She has worked with The Art Conference, Jealous Gallery, Pure Evil Gallery, The Art Car Boot Fair, and Galerie Michaela Stock in Vienna, amongst others, and has also produced work for Banksy’s Dismaland.

Tinsel was a singer in a girl punk band called The Fairies Band (2000-2007). She later co-founded a record label called Pushing Pussy Records. It specialised in 7” vinyl and provided a platform for female musicians. In 2012 she co-founded a gallery, project space and studios called A-side B-side in Hackney, East London.

Tinsel currently works from her Acme Studio in Homerton, East London, and lives with her husband and two children in Manor House, Haringey.

Buy Priced Out here.

Sneak peek: Limited Edition ‘Priced Out’ postcards

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Help us celebrate the launch of Tinsel Edwards’ book, Priced Out, at Atom Gallery, Green Lanes, on 3 August from 6pm.

The book is a personal and powerful account of being an artist during the capital’s growing housing crisis in the first years of the 21st century. It’s the true story of the degradation of quality of rented property, amid rising rents and costs of living, and during the huge explosion in unaffordable ‘luxury’ apartments. It’s about how artists, and the creative and cultural industries, have brought so much to this most wonderful, vibrant and diverse of capital cities. And it’s about how the cost of housing is forcing artists to turn away from the city they have lived and worked in, and loved, for many years. It’s a story that is common to many people in all walks of life. It’s a story of being priced out.

There will be words from Tinsel Edwards and Dunlin Press, and copies of the book will be available to buy at the launch.

We’ve also printed a limited edition range of postcards featuring Tinsel’s artwork that will be sold to raise money to help people in need after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Printed on high-quality, archival textured gesso card, the postcards are taken from a series of paintings and prints created by Tinsel that explore the human stories behind the crisis taking place in London housing. We have only printed 20 of each and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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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.

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Priced Out by Tinsel Edwards. Photography: Lady Ray

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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

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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.