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Garry MacKenzie (Environmental Writing, 2021)Scotland: A Literary Guide for Travellers, by Garry MacKenzie

Garry MacKenzie

Finalist in 2021 for Environmental Writing

Garry MacKenzie explores contemporary ecological and philosophical understandings of landscapes in both their content and their form. He engages with the notion that landscapes are areas of multiple ecological and cultural interactions: animal populations, tourism, pollution, personal and group memories, migrations – a concept brought to the fore by the climate crisis and writing about the Anthropocene. MacKenzie experiments with how aspects of poetry such as voice, form, juxtapositions, lineation and pagination might highlight the aesthetic as well as the physical connections between these moving parts.

MacKenzie is the author of Scotland: A Literary Guide for Travellers (I.B. Tauris), an introduction to literature from and about Scotland, and is currently working on a long poem, Ben Dorain: a conversation with a mountain. He has won a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award for his poetry. His poem Newcastle Central Station won the 2016 Wigtown Poetry Competition, and Photograph of Newcastle United Football Club Changing Rooms, 1938 won the 2009 Robert McLellan Poetry Award. He has been awarded residencies at Cove Park artists’ centre and Outlandia field station. Garry teaches undergraduate and community education courses in literature and creative writing. His poems have been published in journals including Dark Mountain, Reliquiae, The Compass, Corbel Stone Press’s Contemporary Poetry series, The Scores and Zoomorphic; a section of Ben Dorain is published in Antlers of Water, an anthology of Scottish nature writing edited by Kathleen Jamie.