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When the Sun Turns Green

Publication Date
22 June 2009
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When the Sun Turns Green

'Her poems resemble watercolour paintings; they are a blend of careful detail and hazy colouring,' - Scottish Review of Books

There is a moment during sunrise or sunset when the usual motion of the day gives way to something extraordinary. Following the curvature of the earth, light bends and refracts to give a green flash as the sun rises or dips at the horizon. When the Sun Turns Green embraces moments like these, celebrating the points at which the everyday intersects with magic. Jane McKie casts her unique vision on subjects as diverse as ultrasounds and ley lines, wind farms and grandmothers, fighting hares and water monsters, sculptures and Sussex dialect words, observing the interactions of the natural and mythic worlds around us with verve and lyrical precision. Imaginative, poised and always surprising, the poems of Jane McKie’s second collection confirm her as one of Britain’s most exciting emerging poets.

Jane McKie, originally from West Sussex, lives in Linlithgow, West Lothian. Her poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies, including New Writing Scotland and Granta’s New Writing Volume 15. Her first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the Sundial / Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. She runs a small press, called Knucker Press (, which brings together writers and artists in books and pamphlets in a way that is mutually illustrative and fulfilling.