Forthcoming 30 Oct 2020
“As long as art exists there are no areas of experience that have to remain inaccessible.”
Originally written as obituary, memorial and eulogy, What I do (Memoirs) is a celebration of great literary art, artists and grassroots political movements. Booker Prize-winning author James Kelman pays homage to the writers, artists and political figures who have been significant in his life, and to his work. Kelman writes with characteristic clarity and precision about Mary Gray Hughes, Tillie Olsen, Alex La Guma, Tom Leonard, June Jordan, Alasdair Taylor and many others. And in the process, he shows us the ways that art can access powerful human experiences.
What I do (Memoirs) is both biographical and autobiographical.