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Professor Kathleen Jamie

Professor of Poetry

English Studies University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Kathleen Jamie

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I am a poet and non-fiction writer, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. I began writing in my teens, and published my first pamphlet while at university. (Edinburgh, I studied philosophy.) After graduating in 1984 I continued to write and publish, working odd jobs and holding writer-in-residence posts before being appointed a lecturer in creative writing at St Andrews University in 1999. In 2010 Stirling offered me its newly established Chair in Creative Writing. Since then, I've overseen the development of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD Creative Writing programmes. I am director of the MLitt in Creative Writing.Mine is a part-time contract, and mostly I teach poetry on undergraduate and MA courses, with some excursions into creative non-fiction and Scottish literature. I supervise PhDs and organise literary and artistic events for the public and students. Outwith the university I have given, and continue to give, innumerable readings and workshops in the UK and abroad, at festivals, conferences, book groups etc. As well as my major publications, I contribute to journals and papers such as the Guardian, London Review of Books, and New Statesman. Radio is a favourite medium: over the years many commissioned scripts and poems have featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4.  My poems have appeared on the Underground systems of London, New York and Shanghai, and closer to home, a poem of mine was recently chosen by the public to be hand-carved on the great oak beam at Bannockburn. 


Seamus Heaney International Poetry Fellow

Seamus Heaney International Poetry Fellow 2019, resident at Queens University Belfast.

Ness Award 2017
Royal Geographical Society
The Ness Award 'for outstanding creative writing at the confluence of travel. nature and culture'.

Event / Presentation

British Council Moscow. British Council sponsored visit to Moscow for presentation and discussion of work to students and public.
The British Council

Presentations at  Maxim Gorki Institute,  Moscow Non-Fiction Book Fair, and Dubroluvov Public Library.

Panel discussion and reading of 'The Moth'. BBC Radio 4 appearance 'The Anatomy of Rest'
Participation in public event recorded for broadcast on BBC R4 27/09/16

Start the Week. Appearance on BBC Radio 4 'Start the Week' 7/3/16

Commissioned poem, lecture. Commission, performance & recording of poem for 'Lyrical Ballads', Bristol Festival of Ideas 2015…ets-romanticism/
Commissioned poem, public reading, recording

Poetry Reading. Aberdeen May Festival…est_2015_web.pdf
Poetry Reading

POetry Reading. Princeton Poetry Festival
Princeton University

Poetry Festival

POetry Reading. Wenlock Poetry Festival

Reading at Poetry Festival

The Tay. 'The River' Talk written and delivered for BBC Radio 4 16 Aug 2016

Professional membership

Fellow of Royal Society Edinburgh
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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