Jane McKie

Lecturer

Background

Jane McKie's first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the 2008 Sundial/Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. Her other publications include When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), and Gardens of Bedsteads (Mariscat, 2011) which was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice. She won the 2011 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition, and is currently working on a third collection of poems.

She studied at Edinburgh, Cambridge, Lampeter St David's, and Warwick, and has a background in psychology, anthropology, myth, religion, and literature.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Imagism
  • Concrete poetry and artists' books
  • Surrealism and poetry
  • Ekphrasis: visual art and poetry
  • Nature and poetry; eco-poetry

Research summary

My research interests are very broad, but recently I have been involved in multi-disciplinary collaborations that involve writing and other art forms. I am currently consulting on a project for the artist Alexander Hamilton looking at the design of dignified spaces, in this case hospital quiet rooms. I have a particular interest in artists' books.

Project activity

From 2012 to 2013 I worked as a tutor and facilitator on a project entitled ‘Making it Home’ with female refugees and asylum seekers at the Maryhill Integration Network (MIN) in Glasgow. The project centred around two groups (MIN, and Women Supporting Women, Pilton Community Health Project, Edinburgh) who, in parallel, responded to selected poems on the theme of home and I am keen to continue to explore poems as a way of engaging in community settings.