Jackie Kay | 26 May

Tuesday 26 May 2020
7:30 pm

“When I have an idea, it already comes to be in its form. I never stop to think is this a short story, or a novel, or a poem? The idea always has clothes on.”

Scotland’s National Poet Laureat and third modern Makar, Jackie Kay CBE FRSE, needs little introduction. A poet, novelist and writer of short stories, Jackie has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children.

Her first novel Trumpet won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. She is also the author of three collections of stories with Picador; and her memoir, Red Dust Road. Jackie is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and divides her time between Glasgow and Manchester, where she is currently Chancellor of the University of Salford.

Tonight’s talk is chaired by artist Julie Brook and will explore how Jackie realises her ideas and how place, real and imaginary, shapes the form in the writing process.


Artist Julie Brook journeys to the wildest and most remote landscapes on earth, creating work that is not only inspired by the land but cut from it. For the Firestacks, her most recent series, created in the Hebrides, Brook assembles natural elements—water, stone and fire—to create a tidal work that expresses the vital tension between gravity and time, through the seasons. She is also making new sculptural works in stone quarries in Japan which will be included in the new Thames and Hudson edition of Destination Art.


TICKETS: Adult £12 | Member £10 | Student £6 | Young Person £6 | Season Free | Under 11 Free

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