Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is the third modern Makar, the Scottish poet laureate. A poet, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. She has published three collections of stories with Picador, Why Don't You Stop Talking, Wish I Was Here, and Reality, Reality; a poetry collection, Fiere; and most recently her memoir, Red Dust Road. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and lives in Manchester, where she is currently Chancellor of the University of Salford.
A few of our favourite books exploring the experiences of immigrants.
In honour of International Women’s Day 2017, we’ve put together a collection of female writers who never fail to inspire us, along with a recommended reading list.
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 side of the most complex of human emotions.
Ahead of Burn’s Night, the annual celebration of Scotland’s most famous poet, we’ve put together a list of our favourite modern poets from North of the border.
Inspiring poems from some of our favourite female poets, from Carol Ann Duffy to Sylvia Plath.
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.
The day of the referendum is here and we've picked out some of our favourite Scottish books.
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.
RT @SalfordUni: Huge congratulations to all our graduating students this week - have a great time, you've earned it 👍🎓🎉
by @JackieKayPoet - 6 hours ago
It's been a joy and privilege presenting the degrees this week - special days! Congrats! Loved the outfits and the happy faces #SalfordGrad
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