Scots Makar discusses poetry and diversity  

​​​​​​​The national poet laureate of Scotland, Professor Jackie Kay, is to speak at a public event at the University as part of Black History Month.

The poet, playwright and novelist will be in conversation with Dr Talat Ahmed on Thursday 25 October.

Professor Kay will explore issues of race, equality and how her work reflects her experience. 

The event has been organised by the University’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Event information

Jackie Kay – Black History Month

Thursday 24 October 6pm until 8.30pm

A drinks reception will be held from 6-7pm

Register to attend

Lauded poet

Professor Kay was named Scots Makar – the national poet for Scotland – in March 2016.

Born in Edinburgh in 1961 to a Scottish mother and Nigerian father, she was adopted by a white couple at birth and brought up in Glasgow.

Much of her work explores the experience of being adopted and growing up within in white family, and her search for cultural identity.

Professor Kay lives in Manchester and is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.  

In 2006, she was awarded an MBE for services to literature. She appointed Chancellor of the University of Salford in 2014. 

Black History Month

Launched in the 1980s, Black History Month was founded to recognise the contributions black people and communities have made to the UK over many generations.

Throughout October, events celebrating African and Caribbean cultures and histories will take place across the country.

The University’s Students’ Association has a range of events taking place for students and staff.

Related links

Attend the University event with Professor Jackie Kay

Find out more about EUSA’s BME Campaign

Black History Month UK