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Waterslain: Diz, Shuck, Beachcomber

Kevin Crossley-Holland


Waterslain: Diz, Shuck, Beachcomber

Kevin Crossley-Holland


Poem introduction

This is a group of poems is taken from my cycle about some of the people, seen from a child's perspective, living in the lightly disguised village I call Waterslain - that's an old Norfolk word meaning 'flooded'. 'Diz', Sheila Disney, had a moustache and she used to catch her breakfast with her feet. She taught me to swim and she scared me stupid. 'Shuck' is a huge black dog - a Norfolk relative as it were of the Lancashire Skriker and the Warwickshire Hooter and the mythical Norse wolf, Fenrir. In 'Beachcomber' Aegir is the Norse god of the oceans, the Norse Poseidon.

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