Creative Minds at Birmingham: Kathleen Jamie

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Wednesday 26th February 2014 (17:45-18:45)
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‘Creative Minds at Birmingham’, the School of EDACS Writers & Artists Distinguished Speaker Series, will welcome poet and writer Kathleen Jamie on February 26 at 17.45 where she will speak and read from her collection of works.

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