September 24, 2010
Hello All! Another blast from the Book Festival past! Here I get the chance to talk to two very different but very very good poets. It was humbling. This is what I sound like when I am humbled.
Kathleen Jamie & Lorraine Mariner at #edbookfest
We’ve been at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this past week, and caught up with two very different poets who have been involved with the events strand the Scottish Poetry Library has curated together with Don Paterson. The first is Lorraine Mariner, who we caught up with after her event in the Spiegeltent. The second is award winning poet Kathleen Jamie, who reads some of her remarkable new work.
We also mark the passing of Scotland’s Makar, Edwin Morgan, and his former editor at Carcanet, SPL director Robyn Marsack, shares a few words about Eddie. We’ll be doing a full show on Morgan very soon.
About Kathleen Jamie
Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962, and educated in Edinburgh, where she studied philosophy. Her poetry collections include The Queen of Sheba (1994), and Jizzen (1999), both of which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial award. Her Selected Poems, Mr & Mrs Scotland are Dead (2002), was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and in 2002 she was awarded a Creative Scotland Award.
As well as poetry Kathleen Jamie writes non-fiction, such as Findings (Sort Of Books, 2005), which merges travel and nature writing. 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. She holds a part-time post as Lecturer in Creative Writing at St Andrews University and lives in Fife. Her latest collection is Waterlight: selected poems (Graywolf Press, 2007).
- More about Kathleen Jamie, including her poem ‘Glamourie’ in our poets a – z section
- Kathleen Jamie’s ‘Close Encounter’ with Stanley Kunitz in our Reading Room
About Lorraine Mariner
Lorraine Mariner was born in 1974, grew up in Upminster and attended Huddersfield University where she read English, and University College London where she read Library and Information Studies. She works at the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre. Her pamphlet Bye For Now was published by The Rialto in 2005. In 2005 she also received an Arts Council Writer’s Award and in 2007 her poem ‘Thursday’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best individual poem. Her first full collection, Furniture (Picador, 2009), has been shortlisted for the inaugural Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry.