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Reliquiae Vol 7 No 1
ISBN 978-1-9160951-0-6
ISSN 2398-7359

‘I bestow ensoulment upon all living things,
consciousness of me is the awareness of the
essential unity of all sentient life
in all times and forever’.

Reliquiae interleaves ecologically aware writing from the past and present, ranging from the ethnological to the philosophical, the lyrical to the visionary. As of 2019 it is published biannually.

In Volume 7 No 1 there are symphonies of stone & of the turning of the seasons; testimonies to transmutations, to ‘thin places’, darknesses, and the not-quite dead; there are evocations of the goddesses Epona and Demeter, of presences within caves, the return of spring, awakening scents, and day’s dispelling of darkness; there are depictions of stoats, bears, crows, reedbeds and glacial landforms; new poetic renderings of the early Irish ogham stones, and ancient invocations of the ‘Great Goddess’; there are discussions of Giordano Bruno’s thoughts on natural forms, ‘innumerable’ worlds, and ‘ceaseless change’, and contemporary observations on the pathway to joy through touch and the contemplation of physical forms; there are nocturnes and deltaic lines, Norse creation myths & Tsimshian deluge stories; there are poetic reflections on the voices of water, the medicine of roots, on divination with bones, and the sealing of wounds; there are Babylonian magical petitions to the moon and stars, Heraclitus’ aphorisms on the natural world, new and old translations from the Poetic Edda, works from Anglo-Saxon leechdoms on bloodletting, and poetic explorations of the mythic far north.


It is the editors’ shared belief that such writing has never been more necessary if we are to rediscover our connectedness to, and reliance upon, the natural world. With this in mind, Reliquiae is now more widely available than ever before. Readers outside the UK can now order the journal via their local bookstore, or from a retailer within their country.



XIV + 154pp


‘The work being done by Skelton and Richardson in projects such as Reliquiae is both ground-breaking and ground-preserving; in that rare feat of imagination, the future of a culture is mapped using ancient methods.’

(Luke Allan, Carcanet)

‘A totally unique, spellbinding journal.’
(Richard Skinner, Faber)

£12 plus p&p.

If you live outside the UK, please consider ordering the journal from your local bookstore. You'll save on shipping costs!

New Work


Peter Mark Adams
Erica Bell
Robin Boothroyd
Rowan Evans
Chloe Firouzian
Adam Flint
Wendy Heath
Andy Hopkins
Kathryn Hummel
Keith Jafrate
Vasiliki Katsarou
Koert Linde
Gerry Loose
Christine Morro
Christopher Page
Gillian Prew
Autumn Richardson
James Roberts
Penelope Shuttle
Richard Skelton
Hannah Tolman
Jane Wheeler

New Work (cont.)


Kerri ní Dochartaigh
Oliver Southall

Archive Work


Emily Dickinson
Haida Songs
Italian Folklore
The Poetic Edda
Walt Whitman
W.B. Yeats


The Anglo-Saxon Leechdoms (via Oswald Cockayne)
Babylonian Magic (via Leonard W. King)
Giordano Bruno (via J. Lewis McIntyre)
Susan Fenimore Cooper
Heraclitus of Ephesus (via G.T.W. Patrick)
Norse Mythology (via Rudolf Keysner)
Tsimshian Mythology


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