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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

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 gr...

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As Far As I Can See, Eunice Buchanan

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 langua...

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Ayont the Dyke

"These feisty, lithe, little poems prove that Aonghas Dubh, Kettillonia, and the collection of linguistic phenomena known as the Scots tongue are all very much alive and kicking". (Christie Williamson, Sphinx) "Terrific stuff" (Helena Nelson, Sphinx) Borders-based Skyeman Aonghas MacNeacail, now a s...

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Homages to Kettillonia

George Mackay Brown and Gerard Manley Hopkins

July 9th, 2016

An interesting essay, published in The National, by Alan Riach (one of our authors) on the influence of Gerard Manley Hopkins on Hugh MacDiarmid and George Mackay Brown (another of our authors) can be...

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