Celebrating her first collection since becoming the Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay returns to St Andrews. Bantam is written in her characteristic plain-spoken and fearless style, and crosses borders, ranging from the Somme, to Rannoch Moor, traversing the Brontës, Brexit, and other brave, bodily stories. Kay celebrates life, laments lost friends, and brings her generation into dialogue with that of her father and grandfather, exploring the ways we inhabit and make sense of the world.
After launching onto the scene with the biographical and multi-vocal Adoption Papers in 1991, Jackie has written fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry, including her novel, Trumpet, and her memoir, Red Dust Road. She is much-loved by readers across the country and is, as ever, a gallus touching, and entertaining speaker. In Bantam she conjures a fighting spirit for our times, whose energy and insight is not to be missed.