Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay

Reflections in Poetry and Prose

We are honoured and  delighted to welcome Scotland’s much loved Makar (Poet Laureate) to our great Border City. Jackie Kay will give us an intimate glimpse into her own life whilst reading her poetry and prose in her beautiful Scottish lilt. Sit back and listen to her words, ranging from poems in her first collection, The Adoption Papers, where she explores identity, nationality, race and sexuality, to her most recent collection, Bantam where the poems ask who we are and who we might want to be.

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted as a baby and brought up in Scotland by a white Scottish couple. The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize, and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award. Red Dust Road, her memoir, won the Scottish Book of the Year Award. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. She was made the Scottish Makar in 2016. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.


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