OUTLANDISH is a collaborative work of poetry and drawing by the writers Jo Clement and Damian Le Bas and the artist W. John Hewitt.


Taking St Cuthbert’s Way – a modern walking trail based on an ancient pilgrims’ path – as its starting point, it is a vision of North East England and South East Scotland through shifting gazes. Here are pilgrims, Romanies, grandparents, herons, Transits, castles, mudflats, B-roads, clay pipes, periwinkles, silk, and fire.

Published by New Writing North (2019) with support from Arts Council England. 






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Damian Le Bas is a writer and occasional filmmaker. His first book, The Stopping Places: a Journey through Gypsy Britain, was published by Chatto & Windus in 2018. It won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Jerwood Award, was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and was shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year.

Dr John Hewitt is a printmaker and daily drawer. His artworks are housed in collections including the V&A, the Museum of London and the Government Art Collection. He completed a PhD on drawing and memory in 2008. John is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and was awarded the Hugh Casson Prize for Drawing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2016.


Dr Jo Clement received a New Writing North Award in 2012, selected by Paul Farley. Her poems have been shortlisted for the Bridport, Melita Hume and Troubadour International prizes. Jo holds a practice-led PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University, which was awarded an inaugural AHRC Northern Bridge scholarship. She is Managing Editor of Butcher’s Dog poetry magazine.