Friday 2nd – Friday 30th November 2018
Agreed to appear 2019
“A conversation with Jackie Kay,
Scotland’s Poet of the People”
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 pleasure.
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 University.
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
Telegraph interview with Jackie Kay
YouTube video of Jackie Kay reading her poetry