The Book of the Skelligs is the most recent addition to Cork University Press’ highly acclaimed atlas series which continues to captivate with its cutting-edge scholarship, design, and imaginative approaches to understanding Ireland’s natural and cultural history. From significant landscapes and landmarks to important historical events, the atlas series has made an impressive contribution to Irish studies.
Since its recent launch in Valentia, The Book of the Skelligs has been widely praised for its ‘remarkable’ and ‘authoritative’ texts and its ‘sumptuous’ design. Shortlisted for the Best Irish Published Book of the year in 2022, it was reviewed in the Irish Times, Irish Examiner and the Irish Arts Review while recently making the front cover of Current Archaeology – the UK’s best-selling Archaeology magazine (55,000 readership) along with a ten-page feature article. The Skelligs is a magical place, and the press was conscious that this magic would be reflected in the design of the book. Anú Design, based in Tara Co. Meath, provided that important ingredient which is such an outstanding feature highlighted in the reviews.
The journey of the book is only beginning. Like other atlas projects which have inspired exhibitions, online projects and documentaries (in partnership with RTÉ and ARTE, the European Broadcasting channel), the Skelligs book will inform a new documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Murray (Crossing the Line Films) as well as other artistic projects which now are drawing on the book for their inspiration. As the publishing arm of University College Cork, Cork University Press is particularly proud of these landmark publications and their magnificent contribution to public scholarship.