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Poetry, the Land and Nature Kathleen Jamie

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Nineteeenth-century Romanticism looked at nature and the natural world in new ways, embracing a sense of place.

Kathleen Jamie – a nature poet who has also covered Scotland’s independent spirit – asks how human beings can live the right relationship with the natural world. Her poetry and her books of essays, Sightlines and Findings, have been at the centre of the revival of nature writing in recent years. Finding nature in the tiny cracks of daily life, as well as Orkney in midwinter and twenty-first-century flotsam on a shoreline in the Hebrides, Jamie helps us all renegotiate our relationship with the natural world. She reads from her work, and talks about this relationship.

This event was part of the annual Coleridge Series, inspired by Coleridge’s wide-ranging and radical lectures in Bristol in the 1790s. It was also linked to the 2015 Romantics in Bristol project.

Photo credit: Eamonn Mccabe.

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