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English Literature

Jackie Kay: Brendon Gallacher

Context

Jackie Kay is a Scottish writer of mixed ethnicity. She was born in Edinburgh in 1961 and adopted by a family from Glasgow, where she grew up. She often draws on her childhood and family situation in her writing. Her first collection of poetry The Adoption Papers won a commendation by Forward Prize judges. She has also written a novel Trumpet (about a jazz musician), children's literature and a memoir about her birth parents, as well as stage and television drama.

Kay is known for dramatic performances of her work at readings, in the Scottish tradition of public poetry. Her work has strong, simple images and she often uses repetition, associated with the theme of loss. Music is a strong influence on the rhythm and style of Kay's work.

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