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Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead By Kathleen Jamie

Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead by Kathleen Jamie

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Jamie's poetry is intelligent and subtle, her language inventive and refreshing. This is a wide-ranging selection. It reveals the generous range of her concerns, from life in the wilder parts of Pakistan and Tibet, to the difficult questions of identity posed in the celebrated Queen of Sheba.

Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead Summary

Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead by Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie is one of Britain's leading poets. Her work is intelligent and subtle, her language inventive and refreshing. Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead is a selection from her early collections, from times of change and travel. It reveals the generous range of her concerns, from life in the wilder parts of Pakistan and Tibet to the 'difficult questions' of identity posed in her much celebrated collection, The Queen of Sheba, which was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead is a seminal volume in modern Scottish poetry. Shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, it was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. It includes most of her poems from Black Spiders (1982), A Flame in Your Heart (1986), The Way We Live (1987), The Autonomous Region (1993) and The Queen of Sheba (1994).

Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead Reviews

'Genius is no stranger to the work of Kathleen Jamie. With each successive theme to which Jamie turns her vision she brings the gift of insight and mystery - poetry of stunning clarity and musicality' - The Scotsman. 'With The Queen of Sheba Kathleen Jamie has produced the best individual collection of poems by a woman living in 20th century Scotland. The book establishes her eminence among Scottish poets of her generation. The precision and resource of her language have never been combined more impressively than here' - Robert Crawford, The Scotsman. 'This fierce, blanched, singing verse is exquisitely gathered by a fine ear: here is a poet who knows when to break her lines, how to warm her syntax, how to repeat and exhort, how to tilt and dangle' - James Wood, London Review of Books.

About Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire in 1962, and studied philosophy at Edinburgh University. She has published several collections of poetry, including Black Spiders (Salamander Press, 1982), A Flame in Your Heart, with Andrew Greig (Bloodaxe Books, 1986), The Way We Live (Bloodaxe Books, 1987), The Autonomous Region: poems and photographs from Tibet, with Sean Mayne Smith (Bloodaxe Books, 1993), The Queen of Sheba (Bloodaxe Books, 1994), Jizzen (Picador, 1999), The Tree House (Picador, 2004) and The Overhaul (Picador, 2012), as well as Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Dead: Poems 1980-1994 (Bloodaxe Books, 2002), which was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. The Tree House won the 2004 Forward Poetry Prize and the 2005 Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award. She has received several other awards for her poetry, including a Somerset Maugham Award, the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Single Poem, a Paul Hamlyn Award and a Creative Scotland Award, and has twice won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She also writes non-fiction. A travel book about Northern Pakistan, The Golden Peak (Virago, 1992), was updated and reissued by Sort Of Books as Among Muslims: Meetings at the Frontiers of Pakistan, in 2002. Findings (2005), a collection of essays and observations on her native Scotland, was followed by Sightlines (2012), essays based on a second set of journeys, both from Sort Of Books. She lives in Fife, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. After teaching for many years at the University of St Andrews, she took up her present post of Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Stirling in 2011.

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GOR010565490
9781852245863
1852245867
Mr and Mrs Scotland are Dead by Kathleen Jamie
Used - Like New
Paperback
Bloodaxe Books Ltd
2002-03-28
160
Short-listed for Griffin Poetry Prize - International 2003
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