Jackie Kay

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Date of Birth November 9, 1961
Place of Birth Scotland
Age 59 years old
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Jackie Kay

Jacqueline Margaret Kay, is a Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist, known for her works The Other Lovers, Trumpet, and Red Dust Road. Kay has won a number of awards, including the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1998 and the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Award in 2011. Since 2016 she has held the position of Scots Makar, the national poet laureate of Scotland. She was appointed as chancellor of the University of Salford in 2015.

Born: 9 November 1961, Edinburgh, Scotland
Alma mater: University of Stirling
Occupation: Professor of creative writing at Newcastle University, Scottish Makar
Known for: Poet and novelist

About Jackie Kay

Guardian First Book Award-winning poet who became the first black writer to have a play produced by the Gay Sweatshop Theatre Group.

Before Fame

She dreamed of becoming an artist and wrote The Adoption Papers, an autobiographical collection of poems.


In 2011, she won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Award for Red Dust Road.

Family Life

Her father, worked for the Communist Party and her adoptive mother worked as the secretary for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.


Another famous Scottish poet is Robert Burns.

Information related to Jackie Kay

  • Twice Through the Heart – opera with libretto by Kay.
  • 21st-century Scottish poets
  • Scottish women dramatists and playwrights
  • Black British academics
  • Nigerian adoptees
  • Chancellors of the University of Salford
  • LGBT writers from Scotland
  • Scots Makars
  • 21st-century Scottish novelists
  • Writers from Glasgow
  • 21st-century Scottish writers
  • Nigerian women writers
  • Scottish adoptees
  • 20th-century Scottish novelists
  • Nigerian women academics
  • Alumni of the University of Stirling
  • Writers from Edinburgh
  • 20th-century Scottish poets
  • Scottish women poets
  • Scottish women novelists
  • Academics of Newcastle University
  • 20th-century Scottish writers
  • Black British writers
  • Lambda Literary Award winners
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Latest information about Jackie Kay updated on January 24, 2021.

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