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Jackie Kay is Scotland’s new Poet Laureate



And off they went, my two parents
to march against the war in Iraq,
him with his plastic hips. Her with her arthritis,
waved at each other like old friends, flapping,
where they’d met for so many marches over their years,
for peace on earth, for pity’s sake, for peace, for peace.


Jackie Kay was such a vital poetry presence at a recent Auckland Writers Festival. On stage and on the page, we all fell in love with her. This is terrific news. Congratulations!

From The Observer:

Following the appointment of Kay as Scotland’s national poet last Tuesday, a press colleague who had interviewed her was simply thrilled. “She’s just wonderful; she’ll make people read poetry and write poetry who have never done so before.” The words were spoken in a tone that suggested he had touched the great woman’s hem.

The full article here.

Hear Jackie read at The Scottish Poetry Library.

Bill Manhire joins Paul Muldoon and Jackie Kay among others for First Light project

Wonderful! Grabbed a cheap seat to go to Circle of Laureates on Friday but this is definitely outside whims! Ah if only that backyard portal was on green light.

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‘Perhaps no art form captured the complexity and terror of the First World War more acutely than poetry. Drawing on their experiences, poets used their art to reflect on the war’s impact, from the horrors of the battlefield to the ways in which the conflict rendered a familiar world unrecognisable to those left living in it.

For Fierce Light, leading poets from countries that participated in the First World War, including Yrsa Daley-Ward, Jackie Kay, Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon, Daljit Nagra and Jo Shapcott, are each creating new works that endeavour to understand the incomprehensible, exploring contemporary events while also contemplating the First World War. These works will be presented alongside a series of specially commissioned short films, each made in response to the new poems and the themes raised within them. Fierce Light launches with an exhibition and a special live event featuring the poets during the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival, before the poems and films are presented on radio, at other literary festivals and online.’

Full page here