Jamie and Eilidh are well versed in cre­at­ing il­lus­trated po­etry book

The Oban Times - - Arena -

A 25-YEAR- OLD man from Oban has self-pub­lished his first po­etry book, which fea­tures original art­work by his sis­ter.

Jamie Liv­ing­stone’s book Pud­dle Rain­bows Missed, which is on sale for £ 5, is filled with po­etry that Jamie has writ­ten over the years. His ex­pres­sions cover is­sues such as men­tal health.

The ma­jor­ity of the po­ems in the book are ac­com­pa­nied by an original piece of art cre­ated by his sis­ter Eilidh Liv­ing­stone, who is also a pho­tog­ra­pher.

Jamie, who stud­ied English at Ed­in­burgh’s Napier Univer­sity, said: ‘Some of the po­ems were writ­ten when I was 19. I used to write quite a lot as I walked to univer­sity and back.

‘The po­etry has been there for a long time, but the book took a lot longer to make.’

Jamie ex­plained that, at first, he and Eilidh had planned to cre­ate the books them­selves by hand.

‘But it took us five hours to make one,’ he said. ‘So, it took too long, but we got a £ 500 grant that helped.’

The Oban poet orig­i­nally had 100 of the books printed, but there are just 40 left.

‘I just like mak­ing things,’ Jamie added. ‘It’s good to have some­thing on your shelf that you have made. And it brings my sis­ter and I to­gether.

‘I think It­er­a­tion is my favourite poem. Some­times you can find out things about your­self when you write. I was proud but now I just want to write an­other.’

Jamie splits his time be­tween teach­ing a cre­ative writ­ing class at the char­ity Hope Kitchen, a lit­er­acy class at Shel­lach View Chil­dren’s Home and a play-writ­ing group with adults with dis­abil­i­ties.

To pur­chase a copy of the book, email: horse_14@hot­mail.co.uk.

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Jamie Liv­ing­stone shows off his first po­etry book.

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