Stirling poet recognised by Royal Geographical Society

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A notable University of Stirling poet has been honoured by the Royal Geographical Society.

Professor Kathleen Jamie, Chair in Creative Writing at the University, received the Ness Award for outstanding creative writing at the confluence of travel, nature and culture.

Professor Kathleen Jamie

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s prestigious medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement.

They are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding achievements. Kathleen will formally receive her award on Monday 5 June, as part of the Society’s Annual General Meeting in London.

Prestigious list

Recipients join a prestigious list that includes Sir Alexander Burnes, David Livingstone, Alfred Russel Wallace, Captain R. Scott and more recently Professor Peter Haggett, Dr Sylvia Earle, Professor Diana Liverman, Sir Crispin Tickell and Sir David Attenborough.

The Ness Award is reserved for those who have successfully popularised geography and the wider understanding of our world and its environments.

Professor Jamie said: “I am delighted that my work has been recognised in this wholly unexpected way and I am grateful to the people who nominated me.”

This year the Society’s medals and awards recognise 17 different people for their outstanding contributions to geography.

For more information visit the Royal Geographical Society website.

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