Part Fable, Part Porridge: in conversation with Jackie Kay

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Currie Community High School

31 Dolphin Avenue

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EH14 5RD

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While entrance is free, donations are appreciated (£2 per person suggested) and can be made at the event.

This event will offer an opportunity to hear Jackie Kay read from and talk about her most recent collection of poems, Bantam, in which are poems addressing her mother, her father, and his father in turn. Alongside them are vivid childhood memories of Ardtornish, Avielochan, Rannoch Moor; threaded through everything, a paean to the vibrant diversity of the Scottish nation. We will no doubt dip into Jackie’s autobiographical book, Red Dust Road, in which she describes her fascinating but sometimes frustrating journey to make contact with her birth parents and their extended families, and in which the reader is invited to witness her determination to discover what it is that makes her who she is.

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Fiere was shortlisted for the Costa Award and her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Impac Award. Red Dust Road won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and has recently been adapted for the stage and toured the country this year. A revival of her first play Chiaroscuro opened at The Bush Theatre in London.

Her third collection of short stories, Reality, Reality, was praised by The Guardian as ‘rank[ing] among the best of the genre'. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories Wish I Was Here won the Decibel British Book Award.

Jackie Kay also writes for children, and her book Red Cherry Red won the CLYPE award and has recently been reprinted. Her most recent collection, Bantam, was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar in March 2016 and her work features in the Scottish Poetry section of the National 5 curriculum.

Blackwell's Bookshop, in support of The Pentlands Book Festival, will be offering price discounts on related titles to participants and ticket holders.

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Currie Community High School

31 Dolphin Avenue

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