Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Thursday 20 January 2022

Dunlin Press Book Launch – with Alex Toms

Dunlin Press Book Launch

‘Lessons for an Apprentice Eel Catcher’

with Alex Toms

6.30pm Thurs 11th October

Wivenhoe Bookshop

Dunlin Press are proud to launch Alex Tom’s debut poetry collection, Lessons For an Apprentice Eel Catcher, at the Wivenhoe Bookshop on Thursday 11th October 2018. We look forward to seeing you there.


‘A pregnant woman encounters a hare on a moonlit night… Harry Houdini’s widow tries to contact him through a séance… The first woman in space transforms into a golden bird from Russian myth… In her debut collection of poetry, Alex Toms introduces us to a troupe of curious characters to explore themes of love, womanhood and sex.’

At the centre of this collection is the eel catcher, a shadowy figure who lives on the fringes of everyday experience. The eel catcher weaves willow traps, and tales of folklore and magic, evoking an East Anglia inhabited by poachers, witches and ghosts. In her poems, Toms skillfully summons the uncanny, and out of it draws a slithering sense with which we are all familiar. Here are all the snares of life, and also perhaps, a spell that could set us free.

Alex will be reading from the book, there’ll be a short intro from Dunlin Press and there will be conversation, drinks, and copies of the book will be available to buy.

Come along and be spellbound.

About Dunlin Press

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 – check out their website here.

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