PUBLISHER, journalist and writer Martin Bewick can now also add the title of poet to his long list of accomplishments.

And in keeping with his gorgeous publishing company, Dunlin Press, his debut collection of poems revel in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.

Scarecrow is the third book published by Martin and partner Ella Johnston's Dunlin Press.

Following the success of their debut book, Est, the pair released another work celebrating the writing and wildlife of East Anglia, The Migrant Waders last year.

Martin, who has released the book under the pen name M W Bewick, says: "Obviously if the collection hadn't the same themes that Dunlin was known for, we wouldn't have published it under the Press, but I don't think that was ever going to happen.

"It's the landscape, or more precisely those places on the edge of landscapes, that have always interested both Ella and I. That's why we set up Dunlin, and that's what has come out in the poems. Many of them were written while we were editing Est and the Waders books so obviously I was thinking about those themes at the time."

The couple met while studying at Essex University in the Nineties and moved back to Wivenhoe in 2011.

With Martin working as a freelance editor and Ella a former magazine editor for a local publishing company, it had been a long-held dream of the pair to start work on their own publishing project. As is the release of Martin's book of poems.

He adds: "It came out of Poetry Wivenhoe and the encouragement they gave to me after I moved back here. I've written poems in the past and over the years have experimented with various mediums, but this is the one I returned to most often. Even when I was into writing flash fiction, I realised they were, in reality, poems."

At the heart of Martin's collection is the synonymous Scarecrow, the figure that sits in the middle of the landscape witnessing everything that takes place around him, a person that could well be Martin himself.

Originally from the North West, having spent time in London, and now based in Wivenhoe, you could say Martin is both a stranger in a foreign land but also a firm fixture in the literary landscape of the East, making his mark but also commenting on the area where he now lives.

"A lot of the poems were written while I was commuting," Martin explains. "They took shape exploring the idea of being here in Essex but re-connecting to a time Ella and I lived in London, but also when we first met at university. Wivenhoe has changed a lot since the Nineties as have Ella and I, so there was a lot of thinking about the transiency of our lives and the places where we live them."

Scarecrow is out now published by Dunlin Press priced £9.99, available in all good bookshops.