Jackie Kay, Writer

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On Saturday 30 August join poet, novelist and short story writer Jackie Kay for an evening of conversation and readings around the themes of character, identity and a sense of place.

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh to a Scottish mother and Nigerian father, and grew up in Glasgow after being adopted as a baby by Helen and John Kay.  She says: “I was quite chatty, loquacious ... I had a big imagination, so I always liked writing, but more than that I always wanted to be an actress ...”.

She is acclaimed for her work in many different genres – poetry, plays, short stories, books for children, adult novels, and the autobiography Red Dust Road which won the 2011 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Award.  A poetry collection in the same year, Fiere, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award; and was followed in 2012 by a new set of short stories, Reality Reality. 


Jackie Kay’s writing is characterised by intelligence, insight, emotion, humour and is full of wonderful characters whose voices feel authentic and immediate.  One reviewer described her style “as though she is speaking to you at a bus stop”