Jackie Kay with Ali Smith | May Day

Sun 21 Apr 2024 | 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Jackie Kay & Ali Smith
Jackie Kay - May Day

Much-loved poet Jackie Kay returns to Cambridge to present her hotly anticipated new collection, May Day! Kay’s latest poems span decades of political activism, from her Glaswegian childhood, through the feminist, LGBT+ and anti-racist movements of the 80s and 90s, and up to the present day when a global pandemic intersects with the BLM movement. Join us for an unmissable evening of profundity and poetry. 

In conversation with Ali Smith 

With thanks to the British Academy 

Venue: TTP Stage (Cambridge Union)

Duration: 1 hour

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Author Biography

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. A poet, novelist and writer of short stories, she has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel, Trumpet, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. She has published three collections of stories with Picador, Why Don’t You Stop Talking, Wish I Was Here, and Reality, Reality; two poetry collections, Fiere and Bantam; and her memoir, Red Dust Road. From 2016 to 2021 she was the third modern Makar, National Poet for Scotland. She lives in Manchester and is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Salford. 

Chair Biography

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of SpringWinterAutumnPublic library and other storiesHow to be bothShireArtfulThere but for theThe first person and other storiesGirl Meets BoyThe AccidentalThe whole story and other storiesHotel WorldOther stories and other storiesLike and Free LoveHotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Bailey’s Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and Winter was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge and is an Honorary Patron of Cambridge Literary Festival.