Stories and survival’: An Interview with Jackie Kay

Stories and survival’: An Interview with Jackie Kay

Volume 25, Issue 4, 2010
pages 19-22
DOI: 10.1080/02690055.2010.510366

Maggie Gee

Jackie Kay has had a glittering career as a writer of poetry, fiction and drama for both adults and children. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted by a white couple at birth and was brought up in Glasgow. Her first collection of poetry, The Adoption Papers (1991), explored the experience of adoption and won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award. Subsequent poetry books include Other Lovers (1993), Off Colour (1998), Life Mask (2005) and Darling (2007). Her bold and original short stories are collected as Why Don’t You Stop Talking (2002) and Wish I Was Here (2006). Her work has been widely anthologised and she has written drama for stage, radio and television. Her first novel, Trumpet, published in 1998, was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize. Jackie Kay lives in Manchester and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. In 2006, she was awarded an MBE for services to literature. Jackie Kay’s memoir, Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey, which she discusses in the following interview, was published in May of this year.

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