Killochries

By Jim Carruth

Edited by Andrew Philip

Format: Paperback

A stunning verse novella, tracking the relationship of two very different men working a remote sheep farm over the course of twelve months.

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A young man is sent to work on at Killochries, a sheep farm belonging to a relative, after burning out in the city. He is appalled by the absence of his previous life's essentials, by the remote strangeness of this new world. The old farmer has never left the hills; has farmed them all his life. He doesn't care for the troubles of the modern world, trusting only in God., and greets the incomer with taciturn indifference. As the winter breaks, so does their silence, drawing them closer through tragedy and miracles. The young man discovers that what he thought uncouth, primitive, has a language and a depth that all the knowledge of modern world could not prepare him for. Despite being Scotland's leading rural poet, and Glasgow's official Makar (or Poet Laureate), and having won a clutch of poetry awards, this is Jim Carruth's first formal collection. An innovative poetry novel, Killochries is a major achievement from one of Scotland's most important and influential voices.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Freight Books
Publication Date 23 Mar 2015
ISBN 9781908754912
Number of Pages 144

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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

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