Friday 2nd – Friday 30th November 2018
“A conversation with Jackie Kay,
Scotland’s Poet of the People”
Currie High School Hall
Tuesday 6 November at 7.00pm
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Jackie Kay’s new collection of poems, “Bantam”, her first as Scotland’s
Makar, was described by the Edinburgh International Book Festival as
“a shimmering reflection on the gallus spirit that animates ordinary
lives”. Jackie’s poems address her mother, her father, and his father in
turn. Alongside them are vivid childhood memories of Ardtornish,
Avielochan, Rannoch Moor; and threaded through everything, a paean
to the vibrant diversity of the Scottish nation. We may also dip into
Jackie’s autobiographical book, “Red Dust Road”, in which she
describes her fascinating, extended and sometimes frustrating journey
to make contact with her birth parents and their extended families.
As we approach the centenary of peace at the end of World War 1, we
hope that Jackie will also touch on her connection with the war and its
poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, both of whom were
patients at the former Craiglockhart Hospital.
An hour with our national bard – a national treasure - is always a
Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. “The Adoption
Papers” won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts
Council Prize. “Fiere” was shortlisted for the COSTA award, and her
novel “Trumpet” won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted
for the IMPAC award. “Red Dust Road” won the Scottish Book of the
Year Award, and the London Book Award, and was shortlisted for the
JR Ackerley prize. Her third collection of short stories, “Reality,
Reality”, was praised by The Guardian as ‘rank[ing] among the best of
the genre'. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the
Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories “Wish I Was
Here” won the Decibel British Book Award.
Jackie Kay also writes for children, and her book “Red Cherry Red” won
the Clype award. She has written extensively for stage and television.
Her plays, “Manchester Lines” (produced by Manchester Library
Theatre) and “The New Maw Broon Monologues” (produced by
Glasgay), were a great success. Her most recent collection, “Bantam”,
was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. She is Chancellor of the
University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle
Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar - the National Poet for Scotland -
in March 2016.
The following links will be of interest. Suggested pre-event reading may
include “Bantam” and “Red Dust Road”.
Telegraph interview with Jackie Kay
YouTube video of Jackie Kay reading her poetry