“The unnameable constellation of islands on the Eastern Atlantic coast”

Still waiting for my Tom Paulin The Camouflage School, I’ve been told it’s at the final proof stage, but in the meantime I thought some of our more literary inclined readers might be interested in a new publication from Clutag Press. It’s a literary magazine, Archipelago, due to be launched at Emmanuel College Cambridge on 23th June. The title brings to my mind John Hewitt’s oft-quoted line on identity, although the remit seems wider, and the first issue promises contributions from, amongst many others, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Derek Mahon. From the blurb

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.

Orders are to be supplied on a first come first served basis so if you want a copy, or two, probably best to print off the order form[pdf file] asap. Mine’s in the post already.