Wild Man of Orford
Woodcuts by James Dodds
Suffolk coast has a curious history - much of it shaped quite
literally by the sea, for perhaps nowhere else in the country
has tide and current changed and moulded the shore so much.
Whole towns have disappeared into the sea leaving only legends,
whilst others - like Orford - have become almost land-locked
by vast heaps and spits of shingle. Orford, with its twelfth
century castle can claim one of the coast's most curious pieces
of history - the story of a wild man captured in the nets of
local fishermen. Ralph of Coggeshall, writing in the 'Chronicon
Anglicanum' in 1200 describes briefly, but very vividly the
the time of King Henry II, when Bartholemew de Glanville was
in charge of the castle at Orford, it happened that some fishermen,
fishing in the sea there, caught in their nets a merman...'
Drummond studied illustration at the Royal College of Art at
the same time as James and has since built up a formidable international
reputation as an author and illustrator of children's books
such as "The Willow Pattern Story" (North-South Books)
and "Odysseus and the Wooden Horse" (Orchard Books),
"Moby Dick", "Casey Jones', and "Liberty!"
(Farrar Straus and Giroux).
Press Ltd 2015 (4th ed.)
(first edition 1995)
200 x 200mm