Posted on Monday 15th July 2013
‘Creative Minds at Birmingham’, the School of English,Drama, and American and Canadian Studies (EDACS) Writers and Artists Distinguished Speaker Series, features an exciting variety of renowned writers,poets and theatre leaders give an intimate talk or reading, showcasing their latest works.
Each event in the series will give literature and theatre enthusiasts the opportunity to hear from a modern-day great, pose your questions to the speaker, and meet them afterwards during book signing sessions. Previous speakers include Jamie McKendrick and Bernard MacLaverty (videos below).
Our next event will be held on Wednesday February 26, when poet and writer Kathleen Jamie will join us.
Kathleen’s poetry collections to date include The Tree House(Picador 2004), which won both the Forward prize, and the Scottish Book of the Year Award; Jizzen (Picador 1999) which won the Geoffey Faber Memorial Award; and Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead which was shortlisted for the 2003 Griffin Prize.
Her first non-fiction, The Golden Peak; an account of her travels in rural Pakistan (re-published as Among Muslims in 2005) was described as ‘utterly luminous’ and ‘one of the most powerful accounts by a contemporary Western writer’. Her subsequent collection of prose essays, Findings, is considered a landmark in nature writing.
‘Kathleen Jamie is a supreme listener … in the quietness of her listening, you hear her own voice:clear, subtle, respectful, and so unquenchably curious that it makes the world anew. This is as close as writing gets to a conversation with the natural world.’ - Richard Mabey
Creative Minds at Birmingham was launched in October 2013. These events are open to all. Further speakers in the series are confirmed as:
20 March 2014 – Michael Longley
15 May 2014 – Alice Oswald
19 June 2014 – Simon Stephens
‘So inspiring’ –attendee at Bernard MacLaverty’s talk
‘To sit and listen to one of the best ever short story writers read his own work and then discuss it was fabulous!’ – attendee at Bernard MacLaverty’s talk
‘Excellent, funny and poignant story-telling’ – attendee at Bernard MacLaverty’s talk
Jamie McKendrick opens the series