OSSIAN: WARRIOR POET
REKINDLING SCOTLAND’S ANCIENT SAGAS
Help us publish a new illustrated edition of the Poems of Ossian,
heroic sagas of ancient Scotland brought to life for a new generation
by artist Eileen Budd.
What we do
A growing collection of books by interesting, wild women.
Comics and zines
We collaborate with artists and activists.
Prints and artwork
A range of postcards, prints and other printed merch.
We are excited to be working with Scottish artist Eileen Budd to create Ossian: Warrior Poet, a new illustrated book which brings the tales of Ossian to life through colourful artwork, maps, and new commentaries.
Fingal, a warrior chief-among-chiefs, travelled with his army of heroes across the ancient mountains, seas and forests of third-century Alba. When published in the late 1700s, Ossian’s dramatic tales had a huge influence on Romantic imaginations – despite controversy over their origins, they were celebrated by Napoleon, painted by Ingres and translated by Goethe.
Our new edition will be bursting with full colour illustrations, hand drawn maps, and have new introductions and commentaries for each chapter. It’s for anyone interested in Scottish culture and history, ancient myths and sagas, and graphic illustration.
We are running a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to get this awesome book printed. Pre-order the book for £30 and choose from an array of rewards, including illustration prints and unique personalised maps.
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Paperback, 134 pages.
An account of a real family’s discovery of unschooling and a journey away from the mainstream. With advice on methods of unschooling and deschooling, screen time and conscious praise.
Paperback, 144 pages.
If you are a bookseller or library wishing to stock a Wide Open Sea title, you can order through Ingram or Gardners and benefit from the usual wholesale discounts.
Or contact us to order direct.
Prints and artwork
Postcard Project: A micro-publishing endeavour, sharing incredible women illustrators from history.
The first set presents EVB, a Scottish artist known for her highly detailed, intensely atmospheric images.
SneebsSnibbles: Cards and prints featuring hand-drawn illustrations by comics artist Jamie Kinroy.
Every print is a window into an intricately imagined world of animistic sprites and medieval craftsmanship.
We’ve raised thousands of pounds for various charities with our well-designed, thoughtful and high quality art books. Using crowdfunding and limited print runs, we keep costs under control and maximise donations to good causes.
We’d love to hear your ideas for new fundraising publishing projects. Work with us to develop, design and crowdfund, and make your idea a reality.
FELT is a collection of fifty hand needle-felted cactuses and succulents, made by textile artist Elise Goard during lockdown.
All profits from FELT are donated to SANDS, the stillbirth and neo-natal death society.
Established in 2019 by historian Alice Sage and Artist Jamie Kinroy, Wide Open Sea collaborates on thoughtful books with passionate souls.
From our cottage in the Scottish Borders, we look out to the wide horizon of possibilities from crowdfunding and indie publishing.
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