Antlers of Water

Writing on the Nature and Environment of Scotland

Edited by Kathleen Jamie

Antlers of Water by Kathleen Jamie (Hardback ISBN 9781786899798) book cover

Available as Hardback, eBook, Downloadable audio

6 August 2020

The first modern anthology of Scottish nature writing which acknowledges the realities of our times, edited, curated and introduced by the award-winning author of Findings

The first ever collection of contemporary Scottish writing on nature and landscape, Antlers of Water showcases the diversity and radicalism of new Scottish nature writing today.

Edited, curated and introduced by the award-winning Kathleen Jamie, and featuring prose, poetry and photography, this inspiring collection takes us from walking to wild swimming, from red deer to pigeons and wasps, from remote islands to back gardens.

With contributions from Amy Liptrot, Malachy Tallack, Chitra Ramaswamy, Jim Crumley, Amanda Thomson, Karine Polwart and many more, Antlers of Water urges us to renegotiate our relationship with the more-than-human world, in writing which is by turns celebratory, radical and political.


“Splendid … Read, and treasure what we have while we have it”
the Times

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”Praise for Kathleen Jamie: A sorceress of the essay form. Never exotic, down to earth, she renders the indefinable to the reader’s ear. Hold her tangible words and they’ll take you places”
John Berger

“Kathleen Jamie is a supreme listener … and in the quietness of her listening, you hear her own voice: clear, subtle, respectful, and so unquenchably curious that it makes the world anew. This is as close as writing gets to a conversation with the natural world”
Richard Mabey

“The leading Scottish poet of her generation”
sunday Times

“It is not often that the prose of a poet is as powerful as her verse, but Jamie’s is”
Diana Athill


Edited by Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie is an award-winning Scottish poet and essayist, and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. Her writing is rooted in Scottish landscape and culture, as shown in her acclaimed essay collections Findings and Sightlines. Her award-winning poetry collections include The Tree House and The Bonniest Companie. In 2018, Jamie was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She lives in Scotland.

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