Jackie Kay with Emma Harding

The Scottish Makar: Bantam and Red Dust Road

Sunday 5th May : 10.30-11.30 

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Adult Event : £13.50  

Location: Baillie Gifford Marquee 

Jackie Kay is the third modern Makar, the Scottish Poet Laureate. Her work explores questions of personal, racial and sexual identity. An acclaimed poet, novelist and writer of short stories, her bestselling memoir Red Dust Road describes her search for her birth parents – a young Highland nurse and a Nigerian student at Aberdeen University. Adopted at birth by a white communist couple in Glasgow, Jackie had a happy childhood despite racial bullying at school. Jackie will talk to Emma Harding about her recent collection Bantam, which brings three generations of her family into focus. Emma is a BBC radio producer, poet and playwright.

Sponsored by the Betjeman Poetry Prize