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Meet Jackie Kay as she signs copies of her new poetry collection May Day

Wednesday 24th April 2024
13:00 at Waterstones, Glasgow - Sauchiehall Street

Meet Jackie Kay as she signs copies of her new poetry collection May Day

Meet Jackie Kay as she signs copies of her new poetry collection May Day.
Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

May Day 
is the long-awaited new poetry collection from one of our best-loved poets and former Makar of Scotland, Jackie Kay.

These poems cast an eye over several decades of political activism, from the international solidarity of the Glasgow of Kay’s childhood, accompanying her parents’ Socialist campaigns, through the feminist, LGBT+ and anti-racist movements of the 80s and 90s, up to the present day when a global pandemic intersects with the urgency of Black Lives Matter.

Kay brings to life a cast of influential figures, delving beneath the surfaces of received narratives: the Jamaican model Fanny Eaton, muse of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in England; Paul Robeson, Angela Davis and the poet Audre Lorde; and a ‘what-if’ poem concerning Rabbie Burns and a road-not-taken towards the West Indian slave trade. Woven through the collection is a suite of lyric poems concerning the recent losses of Kay’s parents: poems of grief and profound change that are infused with the light of love and celebration.

Glasgow - Sauchiehall Street Waterstones, Glasgow - Sauchiehall Street
Wednesday 24th April 2024
13:00

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Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling.
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