Creatives Behind Journeys Home

3rd January

Written by Kathleen Jamie

Soundtrack by Rura

Directed by Ross Addy

Film Production Arms & Legs

Co-conceived by Underbelly and Arms & Legs

Produced by Underbelly

Executive Producer Haitham Ridha

Producers Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam



Kathleen Jamie is a poet and essayist. 

Raised in Currie, near Edinburgh, she studied philosophy at Edinburgh University, publishing her first poems as an undergraduate. Her 1995 collection The Queen of Sheba won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; The Tree House (2002) also won the Forward Poetry Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award; The Overhaul, brought out in 2012, won the Costa Poetry Award. In 2016 Kathleen won both the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year and the overall Saltire Book of the Year for her collection The Bonniest Companie. 

In recent years she has turned her pen to essays to much acclaim, with her collection Sightlines winning the John Burroughs Medal and the Orion Book Award in the USA. Kathleen is currently a Professor of Poetry at Stirling University. One of her poems is inscribed on the national monument at Bannockburn.

Kathleen was appointed Scotland’s Makar, or National Poet for Scotland, in August 2021 for a three-year term.

Kathleen Jamie is the writer of the short story, which was written specially for Edinburgh's Hogmanay



RURA are a multi-award-winning act and one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk bands. With three heralded albums, RURA affirm their position as one of Scotland’s leading instrumental groups.

Their exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran, and guitar has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe, amongst audiences and critics alike.

RURA composed a soundtrack specially for Journeys Home.


FIDDLE Jack Smedley


GUITAR Adam Brown




From their studio in Leith, Arms & Legs thrive on the challenge of bringing ideas to life through video production. 

Beginning with creative brainstorming and determining the story to be communicated, they collaborate and support through the storyboarding, filming, and editing process, creating bespoke video content that truly speaks for itself.

Arms & Legs co-conceived Journeys Home with Underbelly, and Arms & Legs Ross Addy directed the short film.



Underbelly co-conceived Journeys Home with Arms & Legs, and are also the producers of the film.

The new artistic collaboration was delivered by Underbelly who are the producers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council. 

Underbelly is a UK-based live entertainment company that specialises in the creation of city centre cultural events and festivals and producing theatrical productions. Established in 2000 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Underbelly has since produced shows and events in locations from theatres to roundabouts from London and Edinburgh to Asia. 

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