big as a calf, with eyes like burning coals, he pads silently
beside the traveller on lonely country roads. Always keeping
pace, he never drops back but simply seems to melt away. In
some parts of the region, they believe that if you see old Shuck,
then you or someone in your family will die. But best not to
Newell's epic poem, illustrated by James Dodds, is about the
sinister ghostly dog which is said to have haunted East Anglia
since viking times. For hundreds of years Black Shuck, who is
associated with death, has stalked the fens, coastlands and
churchyards of eastern England. This book is an attempt to follow
in the phantom dog's tracks through the half-forgotten villages
and lanes of North Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk and to capture
some of the dark mystery of this largely unsung part of Great
Newell is the most regularly published poet in England, with
three poems appearing every week in the pages of "The Independent".
He performs on radio and TV and has worked internationally both
as poet and pop musician. This is his sixth book.
Dodds is an artist whose work has been moulded by the East Anglian
coast, ships and nautical folklore. His paintings and prints
are exhibited and collected internationally. Black Shuck is
his second collaboration with Martin Newell.
36 pages, hardback
120mm x 120mm