An evening with Jackie Kay MBE - renowned novelist and poet

Jackie Kay, one of Britain’s most versatile writers, will be visiting Bangor University in March. She is a renowned poet, playwright, novelist, memoirist and writer of short stories, and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children.

Jackie Kay will be reading from her selected works, and shall be in conversation with author and Bangor University lecturer, Dr Kachi A Ozumba, on Monday 4 March, 2013, 5 - 7pm, at the Main Arts Lecture Theatre, New Arts Building. This event is free and all are welcome.

Her works are used in a variety of literature and creative writing courses at the School of English, such as Literature Since 1945, Creative Writing: Fiction & Non-fiction, Creative Writing: Poetry, and Showing and Telling.

Looking forward to the evening, Professor Ian Gregson, Director of Creative Writing at the School of English, said: “Jackie Kay is one of the most important, and certainly one of the most versatile, of contemporary writers and we're very happy to welcome her to Bangor. We're all looking forward to hearing her interview with our colleague Kachi Ozumba, and to see how, in her reading, she steers her way between the different genres she has deployed - poems, novels, short stories."

During her career, Jackie Kay has won many awards. Her awards for poetry include the Eric Gregory Award, Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award, the CLPE award, and the Costa Poetry Award (shortlist); while her awards for prose include the Guardian Fiction Prize, the International Impac Dublin Literary Award (shortlist), the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year, BBC National Short Story Prize (shortlist), Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the PEN/Ackerley Prize. In 2006, she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.

Publication date: 13 February 2013