Jackie Kay


The inaugural event of the Birmingham Visiting Writers’ Programme, supported by the University of Birmingham Fund and hosted by the English department, took place on Wednesday 22 October 2008.

Photograph of poet and writer Jackie Kay

We were delighted that the highly regarded poet and writer Jackie Kay was our first speaker. 

Jackie Kay is a Glaswegian of Scottish/Nigerian descent, whose distinctive voice is a spirited, subtle and unflinching tool for navigating between personal and collective identities across genres. She read from her recent publications The Lamplighter, Darling, Wish I Was Here and Red, Cherry Red, and talked about writing in different forms.