University of Stirling Kathleen Jamie

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University of Stirling Kathleen Jamie

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.


  • ‘The River’ Talk written and delivered for BBC Radio 4 16 Aug 2016
  • Appearance on BBC Radio 4 ‘Start the Week’ 7/3/16
    Type of event Radio
    Location BBC Radio 4
  • Aberdeen May Festival
    Description Poetry Reading
    Type of event Performance
    Location University of Aberdeen
  • Wenlock Poetry Festival
    Description Reading at Poetry Festival
    Type of event Performance
    Location Wenlock, Shropshire
  • Princeton Poetry Festival
    Dept of English
    Description Poetry Festival
    Type of event Performance
    Location Princeton University
  • Commission, performance & recording of poem for ‘Lyrical Ballads’, Bristol Festival of Ideas 2015
    Description Commissioned poem, public reading, recording
    Type of event Cultural
    Location Bristol