Writing & Publications

This growing reading room collates texts, essays and books produced as part of ATLAS Arts’ programme. Feel free to peruse, download and share.

To get your hands on physical copies, visit the ATLAS Shop or come by and bind your own copy on the Making Publics Press.


A' cunntadh an uspag

Calum Ferguson, 2023

In June 2022 North Uist artist Calum Ferguson was selected for the Tobar an Dualchais/ATLAS Artist residency. During his residency, Calum spent time researching and listening to various recordings from this vast online resource that is Tobar an Dualchais (TAD). A' cunntadh an uspag is a publication made by Calum during his time on residency.

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Feeling wor(l)ds

Camille Auer, Ashanti Harris, Katharine Mcfarlane and Astrida Neimanis, 2022

This issue makes public fragments of writing, drawings, correspondence, and poems exchanged and developed through Feeling wor(l)ds: a project exploring how we might attend to the intimacies of place through being in correspondence with others.

Composed as a “feel guide” – a place for feeling out our relations with the world through words. We invite you to contribute and use these pages to guide your own feelings and thoughts. Amongst the contributor’s words, there are blank pages and templates for you to add your own stories, poems, glossary definitions, and drawings.

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Food economies

Col Gordon, Rowan Lear, Christian Keeve and Ruby van der Wekken, 2022

Our second chapbook focuses on the economies around food. Food growers, farmers and activists around the world have been at the very heart of visioning and building alternative economies based on social and ecological justice. How are food activists reconfiguring our understanding of the economy in ways that are more ethical, sustainable and diverse?

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A Person Is Not An Individual

A Person Is Not an Individual includes contributions from Katharine Barrington, Ari Borzea, Andrew Black, Maoilios Caimbeul, Ailish Culbertson, Cal Earl, Rufus Isabel Eliot, Heather Fulton, Ruth Little, Sarah Macleod, Catherine MacPhee, Murdo MacGillivray, Iain MacKinnon, Mairi McFadyen, Cheryl McIntyre, Isabel McLeish, Emmie McLuskey, Liam Neupert, Sara Oussaiden, Ainslie Roddick, Raghnaid Sandilands, Samir Sharif, Lea Shaw, Sebastian Taylor, Eilidh Towers, Matthew Arthur Williams, Grace Wright, Jordan Young, and edited by Emmie McLuskey and Sebastian Taylor., Book, 2022

The first publication for the School of Plural Futures, titled A Person is Not An Individual, began life through generative discussions with the group.

The book consists of conversations, illustrations, photography, poetry, essays, exchanges and more from all those who gave their time and energy to the school. Printed via Strath print, the publication was bound using the Making Publics Press at the ATLAS office.

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A Commonplace Book of ATLAS

Emma Nicholson, Gayle Meikle, 2021, Leabhar, Book, 2022

This book has been created as a marker of a moment in time, compiled over several years, it charts the first eight years of our practice. Edited by Emma Nicolson and Gayle Meikle, the book brings together over 25 contributions containing beautiful illustrations, documentation and rich reflections. It is a history and book to hold dear, and a grounding for ATLAS’s present and future.

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Gàidhealtachd Futures

Cass Ezeji, Mairi McFadyen, Raghnaid Sandilands, James Oliver, Shiraz Bayjoo, 2021, Leabhar, 2021

This publication brings together three texts, each proposing ways of situating ourselves in the remaking of more plural, local, story-filled Gàidhealtachd futures. The first issue of a new series of chapbooks printed and bound by hand in the Making Publics Press in Skye, the chapbook is both the form which holds these important writings, and the process of building communities and conversations

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Rufus Isabel Elliot, Cass Ezeji, Book, 2021

A new text by Rufus Isabel Elliot which imagines a new mouthful-of-sand future-language of the North West Highlands, spanning Older Scots and Middle English, presented alongside a new, specially commissioned Gaelic interpretation of the text, by Cass Ezeji.

Cass Ezeji is a singer, writer and linguist from Glasgow. As a Gaelic speaker, she seeks to fill the historical voids that omit the experiences of Gaels of African heritage. She has written for Scottish Affairs journal, Map magazine and Mother Tongue.

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What can we learn about love from lichen?

Isabel Lewis, Book, 2021

A specially created publication of scores, drawings, writing, interviews and stories weaving together knowledge from What can we learn about love from lichen? With contributions from Isabel Lewis, Richy Carey, Lucy Cooke and Nick Hodgetts and illustrations by Dirk Bell.

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CLIMAVORE On Tidal Zones: Recipe Book

ATLAS Arts, CLIMAVORE, Zine, 2020

Designed by Raasay based artist Finn Croy this zine-book includes tips and advice on how to forage and create your own CLIMAVORE inspired recipes using intertidal ingredients, plus specially developed recipes by CLIMAVORE apprentices and partners from across Skye.

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Frontier Women

Kirsty McKeown, Zine, 2019

In October ATLAS held a Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’ to address gender imbalance on Wikipedia, with the specific aim to create articles for women of Skye who have been overlooked, and to expand existing content for those who already feature. Working with Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre and Portree Community Library we were able to explore first-hand accounts and secondary sources, exploring publications and writing of historic women as well as those who are alive today. This Zine was produced by Kirsty McKeown to mark the event.

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The Haunted Sea

Sophia Kingshill, 2019

In collaboration with Katie Paterson’s First there is a Mountain project, Twenty-five new pieces of writing were commissioned, corresponding to each beach location. The diverse writings connect with each locality, relating the artwork to the place, its people, its history and the wider geological context. The artist invited Sophia Kingshill to write for Glenbrittle Beach. Her text, The Haunted Sea, was read out as part of the event.

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A Crofter’s Memorial

Henry Castle, 2018

Since 2014, ATLAS Arts has been working with the Staffin Community Trust (Urras An Taobh Sear) to produce a series of pilot commissions with a view to creating a contemporary memorial to acknowledge the nineteenth-century crofters’ land struggle in the Staffin area. From conversations with local crofters, academics, studying archival documents, and visiting sites of significance: Henry’s research became focused on the history of Loch Leum nam Bradh and the significance of quern stones to the crofters in the area at the time of the uprisings.s

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Loch Leum Nam Bradh

Henry Castle, Tom Smith, Zine, 2017

Translates to: Loch of the Leaping Quern Stones. This publication follows the progression of the two artists’ investigations and possible outcomes in four distinct chapters; research, engagement, artistic responses and interactive interpretation. Produced in partnership with Urras an Taobh Searthe (Staffin Community Trust).



Roger Hutchinson, 2017

This text by Roger Hutchinson illuminates the history and context of the tidal zone in relation to the iconic Scottish salmon, and connects it in particular to the more recent past around Bayfield in Portree. Coinciding with CLIMAVORE: on Tidal Zones.


Eilean Fuinn

Richard Skelton, Zine, 2017

A publication marking Richard Skelton’s project Eilean Fuinn. Installed in the Scorrybreac Boathouse, Portree, this evolving sound work comprised four discrete channels of sound, each repeating over long durations (between one and two hours) but at variance with one another, subtly changing over the course of its installation. This multi-channel composition responded to Bethan Huws’ film Singing for the Sea, and the landscape that formed its temporary backcloth,

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Còig Sgiathan / Five Wings

Various, 2017

ATLAS Arts has collaborated with local walking groups and artists to curate a series of walks around the Isle of Skye and Lochalsh. Walking has been the source of inspiration for artists, poets, writers and thinkers for generations. This programme connects community, art and the environment through a series of walks designed to highlight different areas of Skye and Lochalsh and introduce participants to the work of local artists and how the environment inspires their creativity.

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Land Line

Caroline Dear, 2016

Land Line is a series of five walks over five days, offering a unique chance to explore our relationship with the landscape. Led by Skye-based artist Caroline Dear, each features a specifically invited collaborator and encourages observation and conversation of context.


NEO NEO: Salted Findings

Emma Finn, Kieran Milne and Emily Rueggeberg, Zine, 2016

In response to the brief, to devise a public closing event for the exhibition, the Neo Neo Associates devised Salted Findings. Comprising a programme of afternoon occurrences, including The Midden at the Modern – an invitation to picnic and collectively create a nouveau midden, a temporary sculpture of waste; a talk and demonstration by Fiona Morris, a local forager and medical herbalist who discussed a series of common but long forgotten botanicals found in urban spaces; Salted Remains, an artist video screening event which brought together the work of recent graduates Christopher MacInness, Clara Hastrop, Geri Smell and Aideen Doran in a new context.

As part of the closing event, the associates also produced a free take away riso-printed publication for visitors

Image credit: Kieran Milne, 2016




Caroline Bergval, 2016

Brochure to accompany Ragadawn (An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, 57.5º T) performed by Caroline Bergvall at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on 25 August 2018. Ragadawn is a sunrise vocal performance to be performed outdoors from the last hours of night until the very early morning. A multisensory composition for two voices (spoken and sung), multiple languages and electronic frequencies to accompany and celebrate the rising of day.

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Gather | Connect | Inspire / Talent, Development

Adam Gordon, Zine, 2016

To mark the culmination of the Skye and Lochalsh Talent Development Initiative (TDI), which was celebrated as part of GATHER | CONNECT | INSPIRE 2016, ATLAS produced a free magazine. The aim was to document the event through photography - exploring and preserving the conversations that emerged as part of the project.

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Place of Pillars

Ruth Barker, Book, 2016

A commission as part of a wider collaboration between ATLAS Arts and Staffin Community Trust exploring the Crofter’s’ Wars in Staffin through local stories and memories. A personal and evocative account informed by time visiting sites and meeting people in the Trotternish region of Skye.

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Marcus Jack (et al.), Zine, 2016

A co-creation between Transit Arts and ATLAS Arts, part of the SCREEN-IT artists’ film screening series. The Gaelic term Saothair translates to labour, work or toil. The publication collects fragments of text and image considering these definitions and their interrelationships. SAOTHAIR took place at Skye Live on 29 and 30 April 2016.

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Travelling the Archive

Nicky Bird, Book, 2016

Uncovering memory in Kyleakin with the Joan Wilcox Collection. Travelling the Archive shares the 1960s heritage of the close community of Kyleakin in the Isle of Skye, forming a portrait of this community before the mainland bridge changed its geography and way of life thereafter.

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Patterns of Flora Colouring Book

Frances Priest, Book, 2015

This limited edition colouring book is part of Patterns of Flora | Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats, a 2015 ATLAS Arts project by artist Frances Priest in collaboration with botanist Stephen Bungard. A celebration of the diverse flora of Raasay, it features the original botanical drawings made by the artist of seven different plant habitats.

A specially adapted A4 version of the Patterns of Flora colouring booking is available as a free download for you to print at home. The signed A3 version of the book can also be purchased in the shop.

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A Bheil Thu Gam Thuisinn? / Every Argument

Suzy Lee, 2015

A companion piece for a short film centered around a couple existing within the interstice of Gaelic and English cultures, observing a strained relationship caught between these two worlds, such as the trouble in misunderstanding idioms and language complexities.


Women of the Hill

Hanna Tuulikki, Lucy Duncombe, Nerea Bello, 2015

Guiding the audience across the threshold, Hanna’s trio of female performers took the viewer on a song-journey through three worlds: Past, Present and Otherworld. Conceived as a contemporary rite, Women of the Hill summoned the young woman interred at the site; the women who ground grain, spun yarn and watched over the hearth; and the female deities – Bride and Cailleach – who, according to myth, do battle each year at the meeting of the seasons.

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A Pile of Stones

Stuart McAdam, 2015

An overview of a research residency with Broad Reach, an ATLAS Arts project for Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre on North Uist, Summer 2015. Artist Stuart McAdam explores these landscapes informed by language, names, people and ideas. Physical fold-out.


A Company of Mountains

Alec Finlay, Zine, 2013

14 conceptuses on the Isle of Skye for viewing hills and mountains by Alec Finlay, commissioned by ATLAS Arts. Alec Finlay’s còmhlan bheanntan | a company of mountains is a collaborative project comprising poems, photos, essays and “word-mntn’ drawings.” The project’s title is taken from Sorley Maclean’s poem “Ceann Loch Aeoineart.”

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Various, 2010

An inaugural ATLAS project. Scale features seven artists working across a range of practices, from sculpture to dance, all connected by their response to the ground of Clan Donald Skye. A series of talks, exhibitions and artist-led workshops.

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