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Jackie Kay

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Born in Glasgow in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, Kay was adopted by a white couple, Helen and John Kay, as a baby. Brought up in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb, she has an older adopted brother, Maxwell as well as siblings by her adoptive parents.

Kay's adoptive father worked full-time for the Communist Party and stood for election as a Member of Parliament, and her adoptive mother was the secretary of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

Initially harbouring ambitions to be an actress, she decided to concentrate on writing after encouragement by Alasdair Gray. She studied English at the University of Stirling and her first book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published in
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Average rating: 3.88 · 3,110 ratings · 340 reviews · 26 distinct works · Similar authors
Trumpet
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,711 ratings — published 1988 — 19 editions
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Red Dust Road: An Autobiogr...
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 609 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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Wish I Was Here
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 146 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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Adoption Papers
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 143 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
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Why Don't You Stop Talking:...
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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Reality, Reality
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Darling: New & Selected Poems
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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Fiere
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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Other Lovers
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1993
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Straw Girl
3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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“When the love of your life dies, the problem is not that some part of you dies too, which it does, but that some part of you is still alive.”
Jackie Kay, Trumpet

“Loss isn't an absence after all. It is a presence. A strong presence right next to me. I look at it. It doesn't look like anything, that's what is so strange. It just fits in.”
Jackie Kay, Trumpet

“It's as if my footprints were already on the road before I even got there.I walk into them, my waiting footprints.”
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