James Kelly is a writer and translator with a strong interest in landscape and time. His work explores interactions between different timescales, from the human to the geological and how they manifest in landscapes, and is informed by what we can learn from the cosmovisions of other peoples in our relationships with the land. He is currently working on a book on the landscapes and peoples of Chile, drawing on experiences from five years living in the country.
He has published two books: ‘Scenes from the Chilean Andes’ (2013, writing as Kenneth Araya) and ‘Earthwriting’ (2021), a collection of images and poems inspired by the geology of the province of Teruel. His writing has also appeared in journals such as ‘Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment’, ‘Landscapes: The Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language’, ‘Earthlines’, ‘you are here: the journal of creative geography’ and ‘Earth Island Journal’.
During his time at Faberllull, James will be working to complete the first of three parts of his book on the landscapes of Chile. The book will narrate three fictional journeys at different latitudes in the Chilean Andes, with the first focusing on the Araucaria araucana forests unique to the Southern Cone of South America. It will follow the course of the Biobío River upstream into the Andes to the landscapes of the Pehuenche people, whose name is derived from the Mapuche word for the Araucaria araucana (pehuen), inviting reflection on our own position as humans in the natural world.