Elementum Issue 3

Frequency Bi-Annual
Publisher Names by Elementum
Elementum Issue 3

In Edition Three we travel to the islands of Haida Gwaii, thought to be where the first humans settled in what is now Canada, and we consider the species that once roamed our lands but now exist only in song, story or bone. We go deep underground, and into the 'dark wilderness' of caves, and we reflect on the complicated and elusive history of the Green Man. We consider the fragile ecologies of islands, join a poet and an artist in pursuit of the spirit of Edward Thomas, and tell the story of abandoned mines through extraordinary three-dimensional maps. These and other stories are accompanied by breathtaking images from printmakers, illustrators and photographers.

With contributions from Kathleen Jamie, Jim Crumley and Wyl Menmuir, and featuring commissioned illustration from Catherine Hyde and Jackie Morris.

This edition is 144 pages, limp notch bound for durability and printed in full colour in the UK using vegetable inks on FSC-approved uncoated paper with coated paper interludes.

Size 274x210mm

Printed in the UK

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Elementum is a biannual journal that explores our place in the natural world through new writing, illustration and photography.

Founder, creative director and contributing editor Jay Armstrong was born and brought up in Glasgow. After university, Jay spent a number of years as an Army officer before leaving the military to work as a freelance photographer. When her Royal Navy pilot husband joined the Search & Rescue squadron in Cornwall, she and their young family followed and Jay went back to university to study for an MA in Professional Writing at Falmouth University. This is where she developed her idea for a collectable ‘journal of nature and story’. It was during her studies that Jay realised that her childhood fascinations with stories, pictures and nature had been left behind in the busyness of an education that separated the artist from the scientist and weighted profession against vocation. Inspired by the wilder landscapes of Cornwall and West Scotland, Jay set out to create a publication that explores our place in the natural world – a journal in which folklore sits alongside scientific findings and visual narratives carry as much weight as written stories.

Now living in Dorset, Jay lectures on publishing and multimedia storytelling at Falmouth, Plymouth, and Kent University. She founded the Porthleven Literary Festival and is becoming a regular at the Port Eliot festival interviewing nature writers.