Beth Ditto, Jackie Kay, Domestic Noir
Ex Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto on her debut solo album, poet Jackie Kay reads from her first collection as Scots makar, and there is a discussion on domestic noir crime fiction.
Beth Ditto talks about her debut solo album Fake Sugar, her first since the break up of her punk-pop band Gossip, in which she returns to her Southern roots.
Jackie Kay performs new work live. When Jackie became Scotland's Makar, or National Poet, she said she hoped to open 'the blethers, the arguments and celebrations that Scotland has with itself'. In Bantam, her first collection as Makar, she does exactly that, with poems celebrating the people, history and landscape of Scotland.
The phrase Domestic Noir was first coined in 2015, and is often used in relation to psychological suspense dramas in a domestic, intimate context. Two writers of this genre, Mel McGrath and Alex Marwood, discuss the appeal of writing this over straight crime, and why it appeals to a predominantly female readership.
Beth DittoBeth Ditto's album Fake Sugar is available
Main image: Beth Ditto
Jackie KayJackie Kay's poetry collection Bantam is available from 19 Oct
Killer Women Crime Writing FestivalThe Killer Women Crime Writing Festival
is at Brown's 82 - 84 St Martin's Lane
London WC2 from 28 - 29 Oct
Role Contributor Interviewed Guest Beth Ditto Interviewed Guest Jackie Kay Interviewed Guest Mel McGrath Interviewed Guest Alex Marwood