Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh in 1961 and grew up in Glasgow. She now lives in Manchester, where she is chancellor of Salford University. She has written all her life.

Several of her adult poetry collections have won or been shortlisted for awards. 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. She was awarded an MBE in 2006 and made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. In 2016 she was named the new Makar, National Poet for Scotland.


Love stories with a difference

Love stories with a difference

Whether you're feeling the love or not this Valentine's Day, we've got a book for you. On February 14th we'll be curling up with these stories, all of which explore the darker side of the most complex of human emotions.

Our Favourite Scottish Poets

Our Favourite Scottish Poets

Ahead of Burn’s Night, the annual celebration of Scotland’s most famous poet, we’ve put together a list of our favourite modern poets from North of the border. 

Carol Ann Duffy's Shore To Shore Tour Live

Carol Ann Duffy's Shore To Shore Tour Live

Poetry readings from Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Jackie Kay and Imtiaz Dharker recorded live at Hope Park & Martyrs Church, St Andrews as part of the Shore to Shore poetry tour.

Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 11-29 August this year, and as always the line-up is packed with brilliant events featuring some of the finest authors, illustrators, poets and artists at work today. Here's our pick of Picador authors appearing in Edinburgh this year…

On the road with Carol Ann Duffy

On the road with Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy and her merry band of poets are currently in the middle of their Shore To Shore tour of the UK. We went along to take a look behind the scenes.  

The Shore to Shore Poetry Competition

The Shore to Shore Poetry Competition

We are delighted to to be running a poetry competition celebrating poetry and community alongside Shore to Shore tour. We're looking for budding poets to share their poems on community with us.

Shore To Shore: Tickets and Information

Shore To Shore: Tickets and Information

In summer 2016, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will tour the UK with three of her fellow poets whom she most admires to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Independent Book Week and the values of community and independence, offering audiences an evening of the finest contemporary British poetry. 

Shore To Shore: The Poets

Shore To Shore: The Poets

In summer 2016, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will tour the UK with three of her fellow poets whom she most admires to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Independent Book Week and the values of community and independence, offering audiences an evening of the finest contemporary British poetry. 

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.