Pre-publication announcement for ARCHIPELAGO Issue Six, available late Autumn 2011
We are pleased to advise you that the next issue of ARCHIPELAGO is currently being produced ready for publication in November 2011. Contributors will include: Geoffrey Hill, James Macdonald Lockhart, Robert Macfarlane, Andrew Motion, Bernard O’Donoghue and Alice Oswald.
Clutag Press is accepting pre-orders for Issue Six. Orders placed prior to the publication date will be despatched on a first come, first served basis as soon as copies are available.
Pre-publication announcement for ARCHIPELAGO Issue Five, available Winter 2010-2011
The next issue of ARCHIPELAGO is currently in the final stages of preparation. Among the contributions so far accumulated are: Tim Dee on ‘Nature Writing’, James Macdonald Lockhart on ‘The Flow Country’ of West Caithness, John Kerrigan on ‘Archipelagic Oz’, Caspar Henderson on Norfolk’s ‘Scolt Head Island’, John Greening with a literary history of Huntingdonshire, a ‘Ghosts’ feature on Seton Gordon (1886-1977) with a plethora of black-and-white photographs, returning us to St Kilda in 1928. There are new poems by Meg Bateman, Douglas Dunn, Michael Longley, Les Murray, among others, and engravings by Norman Ackroyd.
Clutag Press is accepting pre-orders for Issue Five. Orders placed prior to the publication date will be despatched on a first come, first served basis as soon as copies are available.
Announcing the forthcoming publication of ARCHIPELAGO Issue Four, available in late November / early December 2009
It’s three years and three issues since ARCHIPELAGO’s keel was laid, her plot hatched. That our crews and their hauls have been stellar is indisputable. I wave a grateful hanky to them from the dark depths of the engine room. We’ve met much praise from reception committees ashore. Subscriptions have increased in number quite remarkably, and our catchment of postcodes is truly archipelagic, at all points of the compass. You, our subscribers, are our part-owners and agents in the venture, like stakeholders in the Pequod. Each issue is a report to you and we try to do our utmost for you out on the high seas of luck and serendipity, to please you in your passions, your islomania especially.
Issue 4 more than maintains the standard set. Among those landed this time: Norman Ackroyd (and some fourteen images, ten devoted to St Kilda), Ronald Blythe (‘Family Circles’), John Burnside (‘Amnesia’), Douglas Dunn (‘Instructions to a Saintly Poet’), Robert Macfarlane (on Eric Ravilious), Robin Robertson (a long poem on ‘Leaving St Kilda’) with much more besides, including work by new young writers on: Jura, and Cornwall; and in Gaelic (St Kildan dialect) with en face translation.
Please place your orders early, and remember: ARCHIPELAGO makes an excellent solution to the Xmas gift problem. What’s more, at £10.00, including P&P for Britain and Ireland (£15.00 elsewhere), it’s a bargain without equal.
ARCHIPELAGO 4 will be launched on 26 November 2009 by Robert Macfarlane at the University of Exeter’s campus in Cornwall, as part of Exeter University’s ‘Writing, Nature and Place’ MA. It will be re-launched on 4 December in Convocation House, Bodleian Library, Oxford – with readings and contributions from, among others: Norman Ackroyd, Ronald Blythe, Tim Dee, Douglas Dunn, Robert Macfarlane and Robin Roberston. Philip Lancaster will read work by Ivor Gurney and sing from Gurney’s repertoire too. Douglas Dunn will conclude the occasion with a wider reading from his work. Dates for your diaries.
The Editor: Andrew McNeillie, 21 October 2009
Announcing the forthcoming publication of ARCHIPELAGO Issue Three, available in late February / early March 2009
The third issue of ARCHIPELAGO embarks on rough seas in a troubled world. It does so once again in the spirit of Herman Melville’s character Ishmael, who shipped aboard the doomed Pequod, metaphor for America and the western enterprise. Ishmael called his whaling voyage ‘a sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive performances’ : namely a presidential election and a ‘Bloody Battle in Afghanistan’. So it is for ARCHIPELAGO. Our voyage is a brief interlude, a cry in the wilderness, across the waste of waters, in the wake of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the luxury yacht Climate Change. Undaunted we offer celebratory interactions with landscape and nature, history and remembrance, by both writers and visual artists, including: Norman Ackroyd, Niamh Clancy, Tim Dee, Ivor Gurney (represented by five hitherto unpublished works), Michael Longley, Peter McDonald, Robert Macfarlane, Osip Mandelshtam, John Montague, Les Murray, David Nash, Bernard O’Donoghue, Heather O’Donoghue, Patrick Parrinder.
‘Praise God for Poetry – it is a good thing and fills up spaces in landscape and life with human interest and memory,’ wrote Ivor Gurney. Praise what or whomsoever you will. Ishmael speaks of ‘the great flood-gates of the wonder-world’. This issue’s ‘wonder-world’ reaches from Shetland in the Northern Hemisphere as far as the Southern Seas, to the biggest island of them all, as figured in the work of Les Murray. Once again the defiant lyric voice is heard in our pages, and it speaks volumes more than its proportions suggest, like the wren or the Shetland blackbird, as described in Tim Dee’s brilliant midnight rhapsody ‘Darkless Night’.
At more than 114 pages this third ARCHIPELAGO remains the best of bargains: £10.00 (including p&p for UK and Ireland), plus £5.00 p&p (rest of the world).
The Editor: Andrew McNeillie, 3 February 2009
Announcing the forthcoming publication of ARCHIPELAGO Issue Two, available in the first week of April 2008
The ARCHIPELAGO venture began as a fishing trip. Now I find myself aboard an ark, though an ark is a ferry to eventual survival. And am I Noah, or Ahab? What is my covenant? Anyway, call me Ishmael, there have for months been queues at the harbour to come aboard. Poets and artists jostled, waving sheaves of poems and images from the pierhead, like a flurry of gulls at the back of a trawler. The ink was barely dry on issue 1. Now the hold’s more than full, two by two. So we’re embarking again, this April, forecasting the full gamut of weather, in some especially resonant sea areas: Malin, Hebrides, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Humber . . .
Once again ARCHIPELAGO offers important new work by some of our leading writers and artists, with a brilliant mix of newcomers, and others less well-known. And of the party are: Norman Ackroyd, Julian Bell, George Chamier, Tim Dee, Greg Delanty, Douglas Dunn, Terry Eagleton, Seamus Heaney, Mick Imlah, Angela Leighton, Angus Macmillan, Andrew McNeillie, Gail McNeillie, Alexander Moffat, Bernard O’Donoghue, Sheila Pehrson, Jem Poster, Alan Riach, Rod Richard, Fiona Stafford, David Wheatley.
To speak geographically, issue 2 ranges from Donegal, Derry and Antrim to Scotland, via Galloway, Skye and Cromarty, to descend into England at Filey Brigg. It delays a few days to explore the Wash (neither sea nor land), then puts out again to round the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts. As it progresses it turns the archipelago this way and that, celebrating it across a host of literary, artistic, linguistic, historic, political and topographical trajectories and perspectives.
At more than 140 pages this expanded ARCHIPELAGO remains the best of bargains: £10.00 (including p&p for UK and Ireland), plus £5.00 p&p (rest of the world). Orders will be supplied strictly on a first come first served basis as soon as copies are available.
The Editor: Andrew McNeillie, 16 March 2008
On Tuesday 9th October the Bodleian Library, Oxford, hosted an evening to celebrate the publication of ARCHIPELAGO and to mark the acquisition of the Clutag Press archives from conception to the present. The evening included readings by a number of contributors to Issue One, including Seamus Heaney.
The Bodleian also chose this event to launch its first series of BODcasts, which are now online and available for all to re-live what was a truly wonderful evening. Our thanks go to all those at the library who’s efforts made this auspicious evening possible.
To access the BODcasts click here
The photos shown here were taken at the pre-event drinks.
Robert Macfarlane writes of all things archipelagic in The Guardian, Saturday 14th July, including reference to Clutag’s ARCHIPELAGO:
“Last month saw the appearance of a new journal called Archipelago, with which I have been involved. It was conceived of and is edited by the poet Andrew McNeillie, and its original aims were to provide a home for the new archipelagic art, and to inspire and embody a return to the land – and seascapes – of these islands. It is impressively rangy in terms of form (reportage, criticism, poetry, photographs and artwork) and language (English, Welsh, Gaelic, Russian and Anglo-Saxon). Established artists presenting new material include Seamus Heaney, Roger Deakin, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Bernard O’Donoghue, the painter Norman Ackroyd, the artist Julian Bell, the sculptor David Nash, and the photographer John Beatty. The issue also carries the work of emerging young writers, among them the Welsh novelist Angharad Price, and the Oxford poet Paul Abbott.”
To read the complete article, click here.
The first issue of ARCHIPELAGO was successfully launched as part of the Passionate Natures conference held at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 22-24 June 2007.
Readers included Andrew McNeillie (Senior Commissioning Editor, OUP, and Director of Clutag Press), Dr Leo Mellor (Fellow in English, New Hall College) and Robert Macfarlane (Fellow in English, Emmanuel College). They read from a selection of work by contributors including Roger Deakin, Seamus Heaney and Mick Imlah.
Look out for a feature on ARCHIPELAGO in the Guardian newspaper soon.
Announcing the forthcoming publication of ARCHIPELAGO Issue One, available Summer 2007
ARCHIPELAGO is to be a literary magazine in the ordinary sense, in that it will contain writings in non-fictional prose, and verse. Extraordinary will be its preoccupations with landscape, with documentary and remembrance, with wilderness and wet, with natural and cultural histories, with language and languages, with the littoral and vestigial, the geological, and topographical, with climates, in terms of both meteorology, ecology and environment; and all these things as metaphor, liminal and subliminal, at the margins, in the unnameable constellation of islands on the Eastern Atlantic coast, known variously in other millennia as Britain, Great Britain, Britain and Ireland etc; even, too, too readily, the United Kingdom (including the North of partitioned Ireland), though no such thing ever existed, other than in extremis during wartime, but in the letter. But while the unnameable archipelago is its subject, its vision is by implication global, and its concerns with the state of the planet could not be more of the hour.
The first issue features contributions by: Paul Abbott, Norman Ackroyd, John Beatty, Julian Bell, Roger Deakin, Greg Delanty, Seamus Heaney, Mick Imlah, Nicolas Jacobs, Andrew Kahn, Michael Longley, Robert Macfarlane, Derek Mahon, Osip Mandelshtam, Andrew McNeillie, Gail McNeillie, David Nash, Bernard O’Donoghue, Angharad Price and Mark Williams.
ARCHIPELAGO is published by Clutag Press and will be launched at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on 23rd June 2007. Orders will be supplied strictly on a first come first served basis, and will not be despatched before the launch date.
(110pp 170mm x 240mm)