Reliquiae is a beautifully printed annual literary journal of poetry, short fiction, translations and essays. Edited by Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton and published by Corbel Stone Press, it combines diverse contemporary and historical responses to landscape – ecological, lyrical, ethnological, visionary, philosophical, esoteric.
“Then Wipunen began to sing all his knowledge. Three whole days and nights he sang, until the stars and the moon stood still to listen, and the very waves of the sea and the tides ceased to rise and fall, and the rivers stopped in their courses.”
(Wainamoinen Finds the Lost Words, A Finnish legend, from ‘Reliquiae Volume One’)
Reliquiae seeks to move beyond the limits of rational materialism by embracing alternate traditions, beliefs and discourses which offer rare and precious insights into our connectedness with the natural world. Central to its ethos is a form of non-anthropocentrism which situates humanity within a broader non-hierarchical community of living and non-living things. Through its research-based curation, Reliquiae aims to uncover ‘lost words’ from the past and situate them alongside the work of sympathetic contemporary writers, highlighting a continuity of thought between past and present – an interplay of ideas that enriches our appreciation of the world that we inhabit, and the ecological issues that we all face.
Praise for Reliquiae
“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, connecting the natural heritage of the English landscape to a way of speaking and thinking that we are still to resolve. A Corbel Stone Press publication, for all its modesty, is an artefact of the greatest cultural significance, a time capsule travelling in both directions.”
Luke Allan, Carcanet Press.
“Reliquae is the genuine article, a colloquium for folklore and folkways, where the regional is inseparable from the international, where philology gives rise to poetry, and something magical happens on the printed page.”
Henry Wessells, The Endless Bookshelf.
“We need a magazine dedicated to seeking out and publishing the careful, quiet, wrought words that can help us find our place alongside those several wildernesses that lie near and far, within and without. Reliquae fits the bill superbly.”
Mark Thwaite, Foyles / Ready Steady Book.
“It guides the imagination toward what Domenico Comparetti, a nineteenth-century folklorist and Homeric scholar, suspected to be the root of all poetry, ‘magic song.’ ”
Peter O’Leary, Poet.
“Work that sings uniquely startling and surprising songs. It is by far the most innovative and ground-breaking work relating to any aspect of literary exploration and publication that I have come across in the last decade.”
Alyson Hallett, Poet.
“Exactly what is needed to inspire wonder and enchantment, to ensure an ongoing sense of commitment and attachment to our cultural and natural landscapes.”
Eddie Proctor, Landscapism.
“It seeks nothing less than the establishment of a visionary company dedicated to the renewal of a numinous sense of the English landscape.”
Thomas A. Clark, Poet.
“A very important publication in the landscape of UK art and literature.”
Dr Mike Collier, University of Sunderland.
“A totally unique, spellbinding journal.”
Richard Skinner, Author, Faber Academy.
“Never less than an inspirational read.”
Mark Loos Page, Editor, Mudlark.