Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie, born in the west of Scotland, is a poet, essayist and travel writer based in Fife. Named as a ‘new generation poet’ in 1994, she has won a number of awards for her poetry. She was awarded the Forward Prize for her 2004 collection The Tree House and has twice won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, most recently in 2016 for The Bonniest Companie. Jamie’s non-fiction books include the essay collections Findings and Sightlines, and she is Chair of Creative Writing at Stirling University.


Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry for Friday evening
20:00 reading – Jacques Darras
21:00 reading – Kathleen Jamie

Fri 3 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.50/£7.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium


The Hinds

Walking in a waking dream
I watched nineteen deer
pour from ridge to glen-floor,
then each in turn leap,
leap the new-raised
peat-dark burn. This
was the distaff side;
hinds at their ease, alive
to lands held on long lease
in their animal minds,
and filling through a breach
in a never-mended dyke,
the herd flowed up over
heather-slopes to scree
where they stopped, and turned to stare,
the foremost with a queenly air
as though to say: ‘Aren’t we
the bonniest companie?
Come to me,
You’ll be happy, but never go home.’


Kathleen Jamie

Poem taken from The Bonniest Companie by Kathleen Jamie, published by Picador at £9.99