Jackie Kay

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The new LGBTQ+ lit list, chosen by writers
From sensational memoirs to sublime poetry, Douglas Stuart, Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín and others share lesser-known books about queer life that deserve to be classics

09, Apr, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Rathbones Folio prize ‘refreshing format’ to expand to three categories
Winners for fiction, nonfiction and poetry will each receive £2,000 and then compete for the overall £30,000 award

Sarah Shaffi

26, Jul, 2022 @2:33 PM

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Jackie Kay on Jamaica Kincaid: ‘I’ve never read anyone like her’
The Scottish poet’s tribute to the Antiguan-American author’s ‘fearless’ coming-of-age novel Annie John

Jackie Kay

05, Jul, 2022 @1:01 PM

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Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay review – a potent blues brew
This welcome reissue of the poet’s 1997 book about the ‘empress of the blues’ combines fact, personal memory and poetry to create an eloquent ‘herstory’

Kitty Empire

15, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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On my radar: Jackie Kay's cultural highlights
The Scottish poet laureate on the joy of Bridgerton, her lifelong love of Ella Fitzgerald, and an inventive Shakespearean memoir

Kadish Morris

06, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Jackie Kay meets Brit Bennett: ‘I can't write about the pandemic. No part of me wants to revisit this year’
The poet laureate of Scotland and the author of The Vanishing Half talk about featuring on ‘black reading lists’, the fear of wasting time and that tricky second novel

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

19, Dec, 2020 @10:30 AM

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Scottish national poet Jackie Kay talks about racism she endured as a child
Scotland’s makar recalls being taunted and beaten up by older boys as an eight-year-old and reflects on a much-changed country

Alison Flood

22, May, 2020 @1:43 PM

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Carol Ann Duffy leads British poets creating 'living record' of coronavirus
Major names including Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay and father-and-son poets Ian and Andrew McMillan to document outbreak in verse

Alison Flood

20, Apr, 2020 @5:01 AM

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John Kay obituary
Other lives: Political organiser and activist who stood for parliament four times as a Communist party candidate

Jackie Kay

09, Feb, 2020 @5:21 PM

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Jackie Kay selects Britain's 10 best BAME writers
The acclaimed poet and author introduces favourite authors who ‘open up the world to you and give you the world back’

Jackie Kay

05, Oct, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Chiaroscuro review – Jackie Kay's play is more gig than theatre
Lynette Linton’s debut as artistic director is a musical revival of an undramatic piece about the dilemmas of four women

Michael Billington

09, Sep, 2019 @10:29 AM

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Red Dust Road review – Jackie Kay adaptation loses its way
Sasha Frost sparkles as a curious and vulnerable Kay searching for her birth parents, but this unfocused production fails to capture the intimacy of the soul-searching memoir

Mark Fisher

15, Aug, 2019 @10:07 AM

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