Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is the third modern Makar, the Scottish poet laureate. A poet, novelist and writer of short stories, she has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her first novel Trumpet won the Authors' Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. She is also the author of three collections of stories with Picador, Why Don't You Stop Talking, Wish I Was Here, and Reality, Reality; two poetry collections, Fiere and Bantam; and her memoir, Red Dust Road. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and divides her time between Glasgow and Manchester, where she is currently Chancellor of the University of Salford.
Read these inspiring poems from some of our favourite female poets including Carol Ann Duffy, Maya Angelou and Sylvia Plath.
In honour of International Women’s Day 2018, we’ve put together a collection of female writers who never fail to inspire us, along with a recommended reading list.
A poem by Scots Makar Jackie Kay, taken from Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse.
We're delighted to be bringing Carol Ann Duffy's Shore 2 Shore back for Independent Bookshop Week 2018. Find out the bookshops we'll be visiting here.
Ahead of St Andew's Day we’ve put together a list of our favourite modern poets from North of the border.
A poem by Scottish Makar Jackie Kay.
A Friday poem from Jackie Kay's new poetry collection, Bantam which is out in hardback now.
In honour of St Andrew's Day on the 30th November we've picked out some of our favourite Scottish books.
A Friday poem by Jackie Kay, National Poet of Scotland.
Picador Poetry Editor, Don Paterson, on celebrating two decades of the finest contemporary poetry
A few of our favourite books exploring the experiences of immigrants.
Whether you're feeling the love or not this Valentine's Day, we've got a book for you. On February 14th we'll be curling up with these stories, all of which explore the darker and more unusual side of the most complex of human emotions.
An extra special Friday poem from the wonderful Jackie Kay, recorded live on the Shore To Shore poetry tour.
Carol Ann Duffy and her merry band of poets are currently in the middle of their Shore To Shore tour of the UK. We went along to take a look behind the scenes.
We are delighted to to be running a poetry competition celebrating poetry and community alongside Shore to Shore tour. We're looking for budding poets to share their poems on community with us.
Picador author Jackie Kay has been named the new Makar, National Poet for Scotland.
Ali Smith interviews her friend Jackie Kay on the publication of the Picador Classic edition of her novel Trumpet.
From Jackie Kay’s collection Fiere.
To get a taster of this wonderful book read the first chapter here.
Jackie Kay tell us about the meaning of 'Fiere' and the inspiration behind her beautiful poem.
In her deeply moving new book, Red Dust Road, Jackie Kay describes an encounter with a stranger on a train who reads her ancestry in her features. Read on for an extract from the book and the poem that the chance meeting inspired.
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Huge congrats and mair power to your elbow! https://t.co/J8l4VlxL1Z