Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh in 1961 and grew up in Glasgow. She has written all her life. Several of her adult poetry collections have won or been shortlisted for awards across the board. Her first novel Trumpet won the Author's Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her first novel for children, Strawgirl, a lyrical slice of magical realism, was a huge critical success. Jackie lives in Manchester with her son.


Jackie Kay On Fiere

Jackie Kay tell us about the meaning of 'Fiere' and the inspiration behind her beautiful poem.

A glimpse of Red Dust Road

A glimpse of Red Dust Road

In her deeply moving new book, Red Dust Road, Jackie Kay describes an encounter with a stranger on a train who reads her ancestry in her features. Read on for an extract from the book and the poem that the chance meeting inspired.