Caught by the River


20th March 2011

From CBTR reader Jason Hewitt:

Since summer 2007 Andrew McNeillie at Clutag Press has been occasionally, quietly publishing Archipelago, a literary journal preoccupied chiefly with landscape and remembrance. The roll call of contributors should give a hint at the depth of quality, inspirational poetry and prose within its pages, Seamus Heaney, Roger Deakin, Robert Macfarlane, Tim Dee…they’re all here.

It’s CBTR contributor Tim Dee’s masterful, pitch perfect mapping of the very idea of ‘Nature Writing’ that I turned to first when issue number 5 (Spring 2011) arrived last week. Via a guided tour of his own bookshelves he gives us a buzzard’s eye view of the tricky terrain the genre finds itself in, ‘Walking a thin green line between hedges of science on one side and a wild wood of poetry on the other’.

A suitable companion during these optimism filled early Spring days, issue number 5 and back issues are available at