An hour in the company of Jackie Kay, one of Britain’s best-known writers and poets, hosted by Monica Fergusion, the Festival's Director.
Jackie will read from a range of her works, including her new commission for IF: 2014 which sees her collaborating with SKRYF - a mechanical sandwriter created by Dutch artist Gijs van Bon (see below) - and take part in a Q&A with the assembled audience.
Jackie has won many accolades for her poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing, and is a regular on TV and radio. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2006.
Her first book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991 and won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award. Her other awards include the 1994 Somerset Maugham Award for Other Lovers, and the Guardian First Book Award Fiction Prize for Trumpet, based on the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton, born Dorothy Tipton, who lived as a man for the last fifty years of his life. In 2010 she published The Red Dust Road - a memoir that recounts her search for her biological parents that finds her in both Nigeria and Milton Keynes.
SKRYF is a mechanical sandwriter that moves along leaving behind a stream of phrases created out of sand that will last as long as the passage of time and the elements allow. Jackie Kay has been commissioned by IF: 2014 to create poetic words and lines, composed with Milton Keynes in mind, for SKRYF to ‘print’ across the city on pathways and cycle routes. Read more here.
Jackie Kay is presented in association with The Poetry Society.
Date & Time 20 July 2014, 4pm
Venue The Stables Spiegeltent, South Willen Lake Park MK15 0DS
Tickets Tickets £7.50
Unreserved seating, cabaret style