Writing Landscape with Linda Cracknell & Jim Carruth - Ticket & Book Option
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You can also purchase Jim Carruth's book Far Field and receive a free ticket. Please click here to purchase Far Field.
Thursday, 25th of May at 18:30
We have the pleasure to announce that we'll be welcoming Linda Cracknell and Jim Carruth to the bookshop on the 25th of May to chat about Linda's book, Writing Landscape. Writing Landscape is a wonderful collection that will excite and inspire any writers of nature.
We will follow up on your purchase with an email with more details on the event, which will be held at Golden Hare Books on St Stephen Street.
About Writing Landscape
For Linda Cracknell, exposure to wind, rock, mist, and salt water is integral to her writing process. She follows Susan Sontag's advice to "Love words, agonise over sentences, and pay attention to the world," observing and writing her landscapes from the particulars of each moment. In this varied essay collection, Linda backpacks on a small island that is connected to the mainland only at low tide.
In winter snow, she hikes the wooded hillside close to her home, a place she is intimately familiar with in all seasons. And she retraces over three days the steps of a trek made by her parents seven decades earlier. She explores her inspirations, in nature and from other artists and their work, and she offers thoughtful writing prompts.
Reading Writing Landscape will take you to new places, open your eyes to the world, and suggest ways to take note and make notes as you go-to inspire your own attentive looking, journaling, and writing practice.
About Linda Cracknell
Linda Cracknell is a writer of narrative non-fiction on the natural world, as well as of fiction and radio scripts. Her first story collection was nominated for a Saltire Award (now Scotland’s National Book Awards) and the Robin Jenkins Award for environmental writing, and her essay collection Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory, about journeys she took on foot in Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Kenya, was serialised for BBC Radio as a Book of the Week. All of Linda’s writing is inspired first and foremost by place, and she teaches creative writing, especially nature and place writing.
About Jim Carruth & Far Field
Jim Carruth has published numerous collections of poetry, including Bovine Pastoral (Ludovic Press, 2004), Prodigal (Mariscat Press, 2014) and Black Cart (Freight Books, 2017). He has received much recognition for his work including a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and the James McCash Poetry Prize, while his verse novel, Killochries (Freight Books, 2015) was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize and the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award. In 2014 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Glasgow.
Far Field (Polygon, 2023) is the third and final book in The Auchensale Trilogy, a series of poetry cycles capturing the changing rural landscape of the West of Scotland. Following on from its predecessors Black Cart and Bale Fire, the book consists of three cycles bound together by footers. A number of poems in the early part of the book are in response to paintings by the Glasgow Boys particularly those painted during their time spent in agricultural communities.
Many of the poems are highly personal with a number about family members. These include a series of elegies for his late father. It also focuses on the present day looking to the challenges ahead for the family farm and that passing baton to the next generation.