Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Thursday 21 September 2023

‘Scarecrow’ – Dunlin Press Book Launch

‘Scarecrow’ by M W Bewick

Book Launch

from 6.30pm Friday 17th March

Wivenhoe Bookshop

Join us for the launch of and readings from a new offering from the splendid Dunlin Press.


About Scarecrow

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 independent publishing house 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.

Martin Bewick

Praise for  Est: Collected Reports from East Anglia.

“Books like Est must be able to be written again by the next generation” Caught By The River

“Strange, reflective, memorable and odd as the region itself” Country Life

“An excellent book” Hidden Europe