Jackie Kay

Tuesday 29th October

 Jackie Kay, Scotland’s Poet Laureate, to visit West Kilbride

Jackie Kay, the Makar, Scotland’s Poet Laureate, will spend the day in West Kilbride on Tuesday 29th October.

Her visit will end with a public event ‘An Evening with the Makar, Jackie Kay’. This event will provide the audience with an opportunity to hear Jackie talking about her life, her route into poetry, what the role of being our Makar involves, and to read some of her work.

Of that the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, wrote when she appointed Jackie as the Makar in 2016:

Poetry is part of Scotland’s culture and history; it celebrates our language and can evoke strong emotions and memories in all of us. The role of the Makar is to celebrate our poetic past, promote the poetry of today and produce new pieces of work that relate to significant events in our nation.

Jackie Kay’s poems sometimes deal with challenging subjects, taken from her own life experiences, and she has a particular Scottish brand of gallus humour. She is hugely respected, is known for her poignant and honest words, and is a role model for many, and I am delighted to name her as the new National Poet for Scotland.

This event will be held in the West Kilbride Village Hall. Tickets cost £8 and these are now available from the Village Hall, and Gift Tae Gie or via the website vertexfestival.co.uk.

Jackie Kay’s day will begin with a visit in the morning to West Kilbride Primary School where she will work with P6 and P7 children and also have a tour of the school.

In the afternoon Jackie will lead a workshop with some local writers to discuss their work.

For both of these visits a common theme will be the Year of Coasts and Waters. The theme selected by the Scottish Government for 2020. Vertex is grateful to the May Lockhart Trust for its support of these educational activities.

The visit has been organised by Vertex as part of its annual programme of events in West Kilbride. Christopher Maughan of Vertex said: ‘we are delighted that Jackie Kay is able to be with us in the village for the whole day. Her presence here will stimulate an interest in poetry and other writing across the generations and community. She is a woman of boundless enthusiasm, spirit, intelligence, and humour, and those who meet her will never forget the time they spend with her.’