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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 two decades 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 www.scottish-pamphlet-poetry.com) 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. The imprint was launched in 1999 and we don't have as much time to dedicate to it as we did back then but our aim is the same as it ever was – to put 'original, adventurous, neglected and rare writing' into print. We think that what we have planned for the 2020s keeps to that agenda.

Read more about our titles, past and present, on this website. If you're tempted to buy, remember that Kettillonia publications 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 Titles

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 bir...

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When the Ile Rins Oot

A 16-page selection of squibs, barbs, rants and reflections from James Robertson, published in time for the 'Bus Party' tour of May 2014, in which the author joined other poets, playwrights, musicians, singers and artists on a pre-independence referendum journey through diverse Scottish community, a...

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Muriel Stuart – In the Orchard

IN THE ORCHARD by Muriel Stuart. Praised by Hugh MacDiarmid as the best of the women poets writing during the Scottish Renaissance, Muriel Stuart, it turns out, was not Scottish at all, but English. MacDiarmid was right in other respects though - she was a superb poet, writing in the 1920s on sexual...

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Latest News

Homages to Kettillonia

Praise of Ben Dorain back in stock

October 2nd, 2019

We have had a small quantity of the first print-run of Praise of Ben Dorain returned to us, so this title is back in stock. However, it has proved very popular so may not be available for long.

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Orcadians at St Andrews

February 19th, 2017

From 7th February until 1st April 2017, including during the StAnza Poetry Festival (1st-5th March), the Byre Theatre in St Andrews is hosting an exhibition of Simon Manfield's original artwork for Or...

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