Clutag is interested in prose memoir and writing about nature, place and landscape – effectively the kind of non-fiction writing that appears in ARCHIPELAGO.

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    No. 2 Baltimore by Andrew Motion


    On the poet’s leaving his native land to settle in America. An ideal companion to his contribution to the Clutag Five Poems series.

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    Ardnish by James Macdonald Lockhart


    A highly original exercise in ornithological observation and the historical investigation of place in which lyricism and factual precision combine to remarkable effect.

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    Iain Niall: Part of his Life – Andrew McNeillie


    Ian Niall was the pen name of John McNeillie (1916-2002). Between them they wrote more than forty books, over a period of as many years, from 1939 when at twenty-two John McNeillie published Wigtown Ploughman: Part of His Life, with Putnam of London and New York, a Scottish classic, a book that raised a national controversy, leading to housing reform. A new paperback edition, edited and introduced by Andrew McNeillie, is due from the Edinburgh publisher Birlinn in Autumn 2012.

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    My Childhood – John McNeillie


    ‘I can remember quite clearly now a recuperating soldier singing me Gaelic songs but I can also remember small, insignificant things – the sound of a porridge pot bubbling; talk on a wet Sunday when the hills were veiled in mist; the clatter and laughter of dancers on the tiled floor of the kitchen when the vigour of their gyrations set up a draught that made the oil-lamp smoke.’

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