Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. She was named Scots Makar (National Poet for Scotland) in March 2016. Kay has won awards for her poetry, fiction and children’s writing. Her first collection The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. She was more recently shortlisted for the Costa award for her collection Fiere, and her most recent collection, The Empathetic Store, appeared with Mariscat in 2015. She was awarded an MBE in 2006 and was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.
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