Archipelago is one of the most important and influential literary magazines of the lasttwenty years. Running to twelve editions, it was edited by scholar-poet Andrew McNeillie,with the assistance later of James McDonald Lockhart, and began as an attempt toreimagine the relationships between the islands of Ireland and Britain. Archipelago hasbrought together established and emerging artists in creative conversations that have transformed the study of islands, coasts and waterways.
It journeys from the Shetlands to Cornwall, from the Aran Islands to the coast of Yorkshire, tracing the cultures of diversezones through some of the best in contemporary writing about place and people. This collection gathers poetry, prose and visual art in clusters grouped around the Irish and British archipelago, with contributions from an array of significant artists.
‘Archipelago met and extended my own strong sense that there was a need to turn the compass-rose of some storytelling and art in Britain and Ireland away from the south and east and towards the north and west; away from the metropolis and towards the margins.’ -Robert Macfarlane