Ossian is a collection of Python code for building text-to-speech (TTS) systems, with an emphasis on easing research into building TTS systems with minimal expert supervision. Work on it started with funding from the EU FP7 Project Simple4All, and this repository contains a version which is considerable more up-to-date than that previously available. In particular, the original version of the toolkit relied on HTS to perform acoustic modelling. Although it is still possible to use HTS, it now supports the use of neural nets trained with the Merlin toolkit as duration and acoustic models. All comments and feedback about ways to improve it are very welcome.This will create a directory called ./Ossian; the following discussion assumes that an environment variable $OSSIAN is set to point to this directory.