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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

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