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"At a time when the poetry equivalent of the corporate big boys are playing it safer than ever, it's a genuine cause for rejoicing that small presses in Scotland can produce work of this quality." [NorthWords]

In the last few years Scottish poetry has received a much-needed shot in the arm from an explosion in pamphlet-publishing, helped by the establishment of the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award (see and a general recognition that small is not just beautiful but also efficient in connecting readers with quality writing.

KeTtilLonia has played its part in these developments, and continues to do so. We start with two new publications, and also bring to your attention one that slipped in under the radar just over a year ago.

KeTtilLonia was launched ten years ago but our aim is the same as it ever was – to put 'original, adventurous, neglected and rare writing' into print. We think the three pamphlets we're highlighting in keep to that agenda.

Read more about these on this website and, if you're tempted to buy them, remember that KeTtilLonia pamphlets tend not to be around for long: of the backlist titles still available, several are down to the last few copies, so buy now if you don't want to be disappointed later.

As Far as I can See


As Far As I Can See is Kettillonia's second full-length book publication.

Eunice Buchanan is a poet and prose writer, born and bred in Arbroath, who writes both in English and in the rich Angus Scots of her upbringing. Her work has been widely published and has received a number of awards.

Now her first collection, full of humour, wit, sceptical inquiry and love of language itself, is published by Kettillonia.

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Hem an Heid: Ballads, Sangs, Saws

A Tunnel of Love

A Tapsalteerie Touer

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New Titles

The Birlinn of Clanranald

The Birlinn of Clanranald

Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair (Alexander MacDonald, c.1693-c.1770), was a teacher and soldier, a Jacobite who was out in the 1745 Rising and who was Gaelic tutor to Prince Charles Edward Stewart The long poem for which he is best known, ‘The Birlinn of Clanranald’, describes a working ship, a birlinn or galley, praising its parts and its crew of sixteen, and describing a voyage from South Uist in the Hebrides to Carrickfergus in Ireland, and the terrible storm encountered en route. As Alan Riach, whose new English version is published here for the first time along with the original Gaelic, points out, the poem can also be read as a commentary on the social and historical context and consequences of the failure of the ’45 and all that meant for Gaelic and Highland culture and society. It also has a striking relevance for our own time, as we witness thousands of displaced people making perilous journeys across water into whatever the future holds for them.

60 pages, ISBN 978 1 902944 32 6, £5 inc.p&p
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Praise of Ben Dorain

Praise of Ben Dorain

Duncan Ban MacIntyre’s long poem in praise of the great mountain of Ben Dorain in Argyll, is one of the finest achievements of Gaelic literature, a rich, rhythmic, unsentimental appreciation of wild landscape, its deer and the hunter’s relationship with both. Composed on the model of pibroch (the great musical form of the bagpipes) it was first published as part of Duncan Ban’s collected poems in 1768, having been transcribed from the poet’s own recitation, since he was himself illiterate and had committed all of his verse to memory. In this new edition of the work, the original Gaelic is reproduced along with a sparkling new version in English by Alan Riach, poet and professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University.

44 pages, ISBN 978 1 902944 30 26, £5 inc.p&p
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