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Headshot of Jackie Kay at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

Jackie Kay ends her term as Makar

Jackie Kay's tenure as Scotland's national poet has come to an end after five years as planned.Scotland's third Makar – she succeeded Edwin Morgan and Liz Lochhead – described her time in the role...

Have you seen these statues in Edinburgh Park ?

Before their time.Statues have featured a lot in the news recently especially in relation to the Black Lives Matter protests. One of the anomalies we identified in the Edinburgh statuescape is the lack of...

Pentlands Book Festival – Get the last (FREE!) tickets for Jackie Kay

Here’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often. Scotland’s Makar, Jackie Kay, will be speaking at Currie Community High School on Tuesday, 6th November, at 7pm. Jackie draws capacity audiences every year at events such...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Ali Smith*****

Chaired by the nation’s makar, the enthusiastic Jackie Kay, Ali Smith took to the stage on Saturday to discuss her new and exciting work, Autumn. Multi-award-winning novelist Ali Smith gave the audience a wonderful...

Jackie Kay appointed as Scotland’s Makar

Jackie Kay has been appointed as Scotland's Makar in succession to Liz Lochhead.The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the appointment earlier today.Scotland's Makar's role is to create new poetry and promote poetry throughout Scotland, and...

Book Week Scotland 2014 – a celebration of books and reading

'A love of reading......at its most powerful, transforms lives' (Sophie Moxon, Acting Director, Scottish Book Trust) For all the gloom and doom we hear about parents who never read to their children, teenagers who can...

Jackie Kay wins Scottish Book of the Year

Creative Scotland is delighted to announce that award winning poet and author, Jackie Kay, has been awarded the 2011 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year, in partnership with Creative Scotland, for her...


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