name = Jackie Kay
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birth_date = 1961
occupation = Professor of Creative Writing
Jackie Kay MBE (born 1961) is a Scottish
poetand novelist. cite episode|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/thehouseigrewupin/pip/6f8qg/|title="The House I Grew Up In", featuring Jackie Kay | series = The House I Grew Up In|serieslink = The House I Grew Up In |network= BBC radio 4|airdate=2007-08-27]
Jackie Kay was born in
Edinburghin 1961 to a white Scottish mother and a black Nigerian father. She was adopted by a Scottish white couple Helen and John Kay and brought up in Bishopbriggs, a suburb of Glasgow.
Kay was brought up in a 1950s-built Glasgow housing estate in a small Wimpey house, which her adoptive parents had bought from 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 forth 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 Grayread her poetry and told her that writing was what she should be doing. She studied English at the University of Stirlingand 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 Awardfor "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 has a son, Matthew, and until 2004 lived in Manchesterwith her former partner, the poet Carol Ann Duffy.
Kay became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on
17 June 2006.
She currently teaches creative writing at
Newcastle University. [cite web |url = http://www.ncl.ac.uk/elll/staff/profile/jackie.kay |title = Prof. Jackie Kay: Professor of Creative Writing |publisher = Newcastle University]
* "The Adoption Papers" (Poetry - 1991)
* "Other Lovers" (Poetry - 1993)
* "Off Colour" (Poetry - 1998)
* "Trumpet" (Fiction - 1998)
* "Why Don't You Stop Talking" (Fiction - 2002)
* "Life Mask" (Poetry - 2005)
* "Wish I Was Here" (Fiction - 2006)
Some other poetry used in GCSE Edexcel Syllabus
* "Brendon Gallacher"
* [http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bookshow/stories/2008/2355124.htm] Transcript of interview with
Ramona Koval, The Book Show, ABC Radio National, 4 September 2008,recorded at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2008
* [http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoet.do?poetId=5682 Poetry Archive: Jackie Kay]
* [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth54 Biography, bibliography, prizes and awards, critical review and related links]
* [http://www.britishcouncil.org/arts-literature-publications-poetryquartets-kay.htm Streamed poetry read by Jackie Kay]
* [http://ibelong.britishcouncil.org/english/contributors/jackiekay/ Bibliography, prizes and awards]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,631424,00.html "Guardian" article (01/2002)]
* [http://www.booksfromscotland.com/News/Roddy-Lumsdens-Blog/05122005-Jackie-Kay Books From Scotland interview (12/2005)]
* [http://english.chass.ncsu.edu/freeverse/Archives/Spring_2002/interviews/J_Kay.html "Free Verse" interview (2002/01)]
* [http://www.randomhouse.com/boldtype/0499/kay/interview.html "Bold Type" interview]
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