Going Back….

16 Jul

Recently, things have been getting a little ‘retro’ at Atlantean Publishing. It all started, of course, with the wiki, as filling in details of past magazines, naturally, required a trip into the archives and a pleasant bout of nostalgia. Then, there were the recent anniversaries (fifty issues of Monomyth, fifteen years of the press, ten years of Bard, etc) that layered on yet more nostalgia and set David Leverton off down the bayways of past issues to produce firstly an issue on the confusing numbering of Monomyth and, more recently, on his epic reread of the entire run of Bard. At the same time, having agreed to new and updated poetry collections for Aeronwy Dafies and DS Davidson (with AC Evans to follow), I had been going through the hard drive for all their past poetic output, and, now, through the files for those issues that didn’t survive in electronic form for easy copy. An immense task, but a very enjoyable one as I got to reread past issues and discover that the majority of early issues were actually really good! (There’s a tendency to assume that, with the benefit of hindsight and improved editing skills, the past should be something of an embarrasment, but, overall, that isn’t the case.)

It’s interesting to go back and see what has stayed the same and what has changed. Certain stalwarts remain as prolific as ever, some having disappeared for a while along the way only to return after a little while. Other names, once appearing with great regularity, are long gone, often mysteriously so (although I did rediscover DF Lewis, recently). Then, there are those who, ubiquitous now, were unknown back in the depths of time. The difficulty of persuading people to put name and address on their work hasn’t changed, unfortunately – lots of requests for people to do just that about a decade a go (nobody listened, it seems!). Projects that came to fruition, and others that didn’t. A marvelous trip down memory lane. Fascinating stuff.


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