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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

The Recovery of Beauty - Poetry Reading by Kathleen Jamie

27th February 2012, 18:15 to 19:15, Senate Suite, University College, Professor Kathleen Jamie (University of Stirling)

The Recovery of Beauty Public Lecture Series.

Kathleen Jamie is a writer and poet and currently holds the Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. She was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1962 and studied philosophy at Edinburgh University. She has published several collections of poetry, including: Black Spiders (1982) The Way We Live (1987), The Queen of Sheba (1994), and Jizzen (1999). Her poetry collection, The Tree House (2004), won the 2004 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and the 2005 Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award. A travel book about Northern Pakistan, The Golden Peak (1993), was updated and reissued as Among Muslims (2002). Of her acclaimed 2005 book of essays Findings, Andrew Marr wrote ‘I love this book..Its sharpness of looking, and directness of thought, will stay with me for a long time.' The critic John Berger also said of her writing: ‘It finds without disturbing the found.  And this takes courage and delicacy.' Her much anticipated further collection of essays, Sightlines, will be published in April this year by Sort of Books.  As well as poetry, Kathleen Jamie writes for radio and is a regular contributor to the Guardian Review and the London Review of Books.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.