Killochries Paperback – 13 Apr 2015
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'Carruth is an unusual Scottish voice and, consequently a very distinctive one, a direct and clear poetic voice that is able without compromising his huge technical ability, to reach out and engage those who rarely, if ever read poetry' --The Herald
'Jim Carruth is Scotland's leading rural poet, an activist and farmer whose poems are moving testaments to a fragile way of life.' --Glastonbury Festival
About the Author
Jim Carruth was born in Johnstone in 1963 and grew up on his family's farm near Kilbarchan. His first chapbook collection Bovine Pastoral was published in 2004 and was runner up in the Calum MacDonald Memorial Award. Since then he has brought out a further five pamphlets and an illustrated fable. In 2009 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and was the winner of the James McCash poetry competition. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the poets showcased in Oxford Poets 2010.
In 2014 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Glasgow.
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The tale of two men from completely opposite lifestyles who are forced to coexist and begrudgingly adapt to each other, Killochries is a narrative of kinship, redemption, and the human capacity for change and survival. In today’s hyper-connected, digital age, it is also an affirmation of the power of simply being with others and the benefits from disconnecting from the technological world. It is a testament to faith: in family, friendship, spirituality, and work.
Highly recommended for anyone wishing for a beautifully-wrought collection of poem on rural life, human connection, and faith. As a narrative collection using relatively accessible language, Killochries would also be a great gift for anyone new to poetry.