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Kathleen Jamie: Launching 'Cairn'

Thursday 13th June

Greenside Church, 1b Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
Doors Open
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N.B. This event is now taking place at Greenside Church (1b Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB). All other details remain unchanged.

From Scotland's National Poet Kathleen Jamie comes a new form of writing: a collection of personal notes, fragments, micro-essays, celebrated by The Observer for 'testing the limits of non-fiction'. Join us for an evening of literary innovation, deeply rooted in Kathleen's love for our country, and celebrating past, present and future together.


For the last five years poet and author Kathleen Jamie has been turning her attention to a new form of writing: micro-essays, prose poems, notes and fragments. Placed together, like the stones of a wayside cairn, they mark a changing psychic and physical landscape.

The virtuosity of these short pieces is both subtle and deceptive. Jamie's intent 'noticing' of the natural world is suffused with a clear-eyed awareness of all we endanger. She considers the future her children face, while recalling her own childhood and notes the lost innocence in the way we respond to the dramas of nature. With meticulous care she marks the point she has reached, in life and within the cascading crises of our times.

Cairn resonates with a beauty and wisdom that only an artist of Jamie's calibre could achieve.

About Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie is a poet, essayist and editor. In August 2021, Jamie was appointed the Makar or National Poet for Scotland for a three year term. In this role, Jamie has curated collective poems from lines submitted by the people of Scotland.

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