Kathleen Jamie was born in the west of Scotland in 1962. Her poetry collections to date include The Overhaul (Picador, 2012), winner of Costa Prize for Poetry in 2012; The Tree House (Picador, 2004), winner of both the Forward prize, and the Scottish Book of the Year Award; Jizzen (Picador, 1999) which won the Geoffey Faber Memorial Award and Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead which was shortlisted for the 2003 Griffin Prize. Her first non-fiction, The Golden Peak; an account of her travels in rural Pakistan, was re-published by Sort of Books as Among Muslims in 2005. It was described as ‘utterly luminous’ (The Independent) and ‘one of the most powerful accounts by a contemporary Western writer’ (TLS). Her subsequent collection of prose essays, Findings (Sort of Books, 2006) is considered a landmark in nature writing. Richard Mabey wrote of it: ‘Kathleen Jamie is a supreme listener … in the quietness of her listening, you hear her own voice: clear, subtle, respectful, and so unquenchably curious that it makes the world anew. This is as close as writing gets to a conversation with the natural world.’ Sightlines, the highly anticipated sequel to Findings, (Sort Of Books, 2012) has been described as ‘a work of intense purity and quiet genius’ by the Sunday Telegraph, and ‘a lyrical work of profound insight’ by Kirkus Reviews. It won both the 2014 John Burroughs medal and Orion award on publication in the USA.
Kathleen Jamie is Professor of Creative Writing at Stirling University. She lives with her family in Fife.