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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.

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30 minutes


  • Jackie Kay

    Duration: 08:47

  • Domestic Noir

    Duration: 10:07

  • Beth Ditto

    Duration: 10:48

Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto
Beth Ditto's album Fake Sugar is available

Main image: Beth Ditto

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay
Jackie Kay's poetry collection Bantam is available from 19 Oct

Killer Women Crime Writing Festival

The 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




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