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In the informal rituals of the tide remaking its tideline, of a painter absorbed in the act of painting or of an old couple greeting the night, the English poet Kate Miller sees and charts the creative progress at work. In her striking debut collection, The Observances, she explores perception, the poet’s eye and movement: even quiet reflections on home and family life are rarely still. Kate was awarded the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008 and has received a number of other awards. The Observances was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Poetry.
Kathleen Jamie is one of Scotland’s best loved contemporary poets and essayists, with no shortage of accolades; she has been awarded the Forward and T S Eliot Prizes, Eric Gregory and Somerset Maugham Awards, amongst many others. She is currently Chair of Creative Writing at Stirling University and has a world of insight to offer aspiring poets and poetry readers alike. The Bonniest Companie is a response to current events and an intricately beautiful document of our times. Kathleen has succeeded at capturing the essence of a country on the cusp, conjuring whole worlds on the page that highlight the many contrasts of today’s Scotland.