Ossian is a literature and politics magazine concerned with the contemporary sentiment. It publishes new essays, fiction, reportage, comics and criticism by new and established writers alike.
Ossian’s aim is to cut through a stratified cultural discourse that sees politics and art as mutually exclusive. It seeks to show that everything is part of a bigger picture, no matter how incoherent that picture appears to be. It is for writers, artists and readers who believe that culture is not made elsewhere, but here, and now, by everyone.
It is named after the legendary bard Ossian, purported by James Macpherson in the eighteenth century to be the author of a cycle of epic Gaelic poems. Alongside his wider popularity with the likes of Goethe and Napoleon, the discussion around the authenticity and origin of Ossian’s poems made him a literary, political and cultural phenomenon at the very same time.