Jackie Kay

Alasdair Gray told her to be writer, and what he says, goes...

Jackie Kay

Biography

Date of birth: 9 November 1961

Jackie Kay MBE is a Scottish poet and novelist. She was born in Edinburgh in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father and then adopted as a baby by a white Scottish couple, Helen and John Kay. Intially harbouring ambitions to be an actress, she decided to concentrate on writing after Alasdair Gray, a Scottish artist and writer, read her poetry and told her that writing is what she should be doing. She studied English at the University of Stirling and her first book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers , was published in 1991 and won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award.

Kay writes extensively for stage, screen and for children. In 2010 she published Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her biological parents. Her drama The Lamplighter is an exploration of the Atlantic slave trade. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in March 2007 and published in poem form in 2008. Kay was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 17 June 2006. She is currently professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and CulturalFellow at Glasgow Caledonian University. Kay lives in Manchester. She took part in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty-Six Books , with a piece based upon a chapter of the King James Bible.

Kay has produced an extensive amount of literary works, including Fiere and Red Cherry Red and Reality, Reality . Some of her work is used in the GCSE Edexcel Syllabus, such as, Brendon Gallcher, Lucozade and Yellow.

Book and writing awards

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2011 for Fiere , Guardian Fiction Prize 1998 for Trumpet , Scottish Book of the Year (shortlisted) for The Lamplighter and the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of The Year Award for Red Dust Road.

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The women of Reality, Reality are mesmerizing, whether in love or in solitude. Full of compassion, generosity, sorrow and joy, their fifteen unforgettable stories explore the power of the imagination to make things real, and celebrate, most of...
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Reality, Reality

Reality, Reality (Paperback)

by Jackie Kay

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 20/06/2013
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Red Dust Road

Red Dust Road (Paperback)

by Jackie Kay

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 04/03/2011
Publisher: Picador

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'Like the best memoirs, this one is written with novelistic and poetic flair. Red Dust Road is a fantastic, probing and heart-warming read'... Read more

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Trumpet

Trumpet (Paperback)

by Jackie Kay

Format: Paperback 200 pages
Published: 04/03/2011
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The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknown to all but his wife Millie, Joss was a woman living as a... Read more

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The Adoption Papers

The Adoption Papers (Paperback)

by Jackie Kay

Format: Paperback 64 pages
Published: 03/01/1998
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd

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Jackie Kay tells the story of a black girl's adoption by a white Scottish couple- from three different viewpoints: the mother, the birth mother,... Read more

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Why Don't You Stop Talking: Stories

Why Don't You Stop Talking: Stories (Paperback)

by Jackie Kay

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 04/03/2011
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'A stunner. I am heartbroken to have finished it' Ali Smith In Jackie Kay's first collection of stories, ordinary lives are transformed... Read more

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Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here (Paperback)

by Jackie Kay

Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 04/03/2011
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'Kay gives hugely of her talent; pours it onto the page ...These stories charm, move and entertain' - "Guardian". This fierce,... Read more

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Darling: New and Selected Poems

Darling: New and Selected Poems (Paperback)

by Jackie Kay

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 10/10/2007
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd

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Humour, Gender, Sexuality, Sensuality, Identity, Racism, and Cultural Difference. When do any of these things ever come together to equal poetry?... Read more

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Fiere

Fiere (Paperback)

by Jackie Kay

Format: Paperback 72 pages
Published: 07/01/2011
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Jackie Kay's new collection is a lyric counterpart to her memoir, Red Dust Road, the extraordinary story of the search for her Nigerian and... Read more

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Dear Scotland: Notes to Our Nation

Dear Scotland: Notes to Our Nation (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 96 pages
Published: 20/06/2014
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

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Dear Scotland was first performed as a promenade piece of theatre by the National Theatre of Scotland on 24 April 2014 at the Scottish National... Read more

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Somewhere - Elsewhere

Somewhere - Elsewhere (Hardback)

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Format: Hardback 204 pages
Published: 09/09/2012
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Second Lives: Tales from Two Cities

Second Lives: Tales from Two Cities (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 340 pages
Published: 07/08/2012
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