An Evening with Jackie Kay

Friday, May 24, 2024

May Day, the much-anticipated new poetry collection from Jackie Kay, one of the UK’s best loved poets, casts an eye over decades of political activism: the international solidarity of the Glasgow of Jackie’s childhood; her parents’ Socialist campaigns; the feminist, LGBT+ and anti-racist movements of the 80s and 90s, and the global pandemic and urgency of Black Lives Matter. Join Jackie Kay for an unmissable evening as she delves below the surface of received narratives and brings to life a cast of influential figures: Fanny Eaton, Paul Robeson, Angela Davis and Audre Lorde. Woven throughout are a suite of lyric poems concerning the recent losses of Kay’s parents: poems of grief and profound change that are infused with the light of love and celebration. 

‘Kay’s strength as a poet has always been her clear, plain style, and its fearless spoken poignancy’. – Daily Telegraph 

Jackie Kay, born in Edinburgh, is an award-winning poet, novelist and short story writer, acclaimed for her work for adults and children. She won the Guardian Fiction Prize for her novel Trumpet, the Somerset Maugham Award in 1994 and the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Award in 2011. From 2016 to 2021, Jackie Kay was the Makar, the poet laureate of Scotland, and was Chancellor of the University of Salford between 2015 and 2022.  

Jackie has published three collections of stories with Picador: Why Don’t You Stop Talking, Wish I Was Here, and Reality, Reality; two poetry collections, Fiere and Bantam; and her memoir, Red Dust Road. She lives in Manchester and is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Salford.

Friday 24th May, 7.30pm   

Philharmonic Music Room, Sugnall St, Liverpool L1 9BP  

£11

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Event Details

Date: May 24, 2024
Time: 7:30 pm

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