Scottish Parliament's first Writer in Residence to visit the University of Glasgow

Issued: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT

Award winning poet, editor, novelist and publisher, James Robertson, will read from and discuss his works at the University of Glasgow tomorrow (7 February 2007). Award-winning essayist and poet Helena Nelson will also be discussing poetry and publishing at the event.

The first Writer in Residence at the Scottish Parliament, James Robertson, won the Saltire Society and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year awards in 2003 for his second novel Joseph Knight.

Robertson has also had published three volumes of short stories (Close, The Ragged Man's Complaint and Scottish Ghost Stories) and four collections of his poetry (Sound-Shadow, I Dream of Alfred Hitchcock, Fae the Flouers o Evil: Baudelaire in Scots and Stirling Sonnets). In 1999 he set up the pamphlet imprint Kettillonia, publishing poetry and short fiction by various authors.

Poet Helena Nelson is a teacher at The Adam Smith College in Fife and founder of HappenStance Press. Her first poetry pamphlet collection Mr and Mrs Philpott on Holiday at Auchterawe & Other Poems was published by Kettillonia in 2001. Her first book of poems, Starlight on Water, was published in 2003 and was joint winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

The event will take place tomorrow at 6.15pm in Seminar Room 2, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow. The event is free and open to the public.

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