The Cabinet | Linda Jackson
Linda Jackson has worked in academic life, being awarded a Doctorate for her research in Subjectivity and Power in Virginia Woolf and Friedrich Nietzsche. She is the editor of Seahorse Publications and has worked as a tutor/editor in creative writing for 25 years.
The first part of her memoir trilogy, The Siren Awakes, was published in late 2019, the second, Siren: Wild in Me, is planned for this year. Her other life has been as a musician and she has recorded six albums of songs.
She has three adult children, three grandchildren and lives in Glasgow.
‘In these poems Linda Jackson takes an unsentimental journey through a lifetime’s minding and findings, making a mind-map of a daughter’s steps in the wake of a spirited mother, gone but glowing still, “the angel’s share [...] still there”, the well-chosen words of both women sparkling through the glass cabinet of curiosities, personal effects poetically rendered, the leaves and leavings of life lived with an eye to the silver ship that sails beyond hardship, determined to look back on the hardest part and laugh. This is a priceless collections that will work miracles on glass eyes.’
—Professor Willy Maley
‘A brave, heartfelt collection about real people, real love. Honest and unsentimental; filled with joy, sadness, yearning, stubbornness, acceptance and understanding. Gritty Paisley language and humour, musical rhythms, haunting imagery, an evocation of times and places, all merge to bring an important story, a small word of humanity, back to life. The book has an inspired central idea and is a poignant tribute to one person, but the connection of the treasured objects in The Cabinet, these poems, reflect all our lives.’
—Graham Fulton, poet
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