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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.

New Title, September 2012:

"AS FAR AS I CAN SEE: SELECTED POEMS AND A TALE", by Eunice Buchanan: 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

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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Ayont the Dyke

The poems in Ayont the Dyke, lyrical but challenging, carry echoes of the Scots voices of fishermen from the north-east which he heard in childhood long before he encountered spoken English. There is too in MacNeacail's work a MacDiarmid-like willingness to seek out rare, rich words and their subtle meanings, and this gives these poems both an economy and expansiveness that is fresh, stimulating and uncommon in contemporary Scots verse.

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