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Jackie Kay MBE (born 1961) is a Scottishmarker poet and novelist.

Biography

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburghmarker in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted by a Scottish white couple Helen and John Kay and brought up in Bishopbriggsmarker, a suburb of Glasgowmarker.

Kay was brought up in a 1950s-built Glasgow housing estate in a small Wimpey house, which her adoptive parents had bought new in 1957. They adopted Kay in 1961 having already adopted Kay's brother, Maxwell, about 2 years earlier. Kay and Maxwell also have siblings who were brought up by her genetic parents. Kay's adoptive father worked for the Communist Party full-time and stood for Member of Parliament, and her adoptive mother was the Scottish secretary of CND. In August 2007 Kay was the subject of the fourth episode of The House I Grew Up In, in which she talked about a happy childhood in a stimulating, albeit unconventional, home.

Initially harbouring ambitions to be an actress, she decided to concentrate on writing after Alasdair Gray read her poetry and told her that writing was 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. Her other awards include the 1994 Somerset Maugham Award for Other Lovers, and the Guardian Fiction Prize for Trumpet, based on the life of Billy Tipton. She writes extensively for children, stage and screen. She lives in Manchester with her son, Matthew.

Kay became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 17 June 2006.

She currently teaches creative writing at Newcastle Universitymarker.

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.

Some work

  • The Adoption Papers (Poetry - 1991)
  • Other Lovers (Poetry - 1993)
  • Off Colour (Poetry - 1998)
  • Trumpet (Fiction - 1998)
  • The Frog who dreamed she was an Opera Singer (1998)
  • Two's Company (1992)
  • Why Don't You Stop Talking (Fiction - 2002)
  • Strawgirl (2002)
  • Life Mask (Poetry - 2005)
  • Wish I Was Here (Fiction - 2006)
  • The Lamplighter (2007)
  • Red Cherry Red (2007)
  • Darling (2007


Some other poetry used in GCSE Edexcel Syllabus
  • Brendon Gallacher
  • Lucozade
  • Yellow


References

  1. BBC Radio 3
  2. Bloodaxe Books, 2008. ISBN 9781852248048


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