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For #InternationalWomensDay: "On Reading Jackie Kay" by Ama Ata Aidoo

Women, Happy International Women’s Day!  The struggle for Freedom and Justice still continues.

(My favorite symbol of Ghana remains our flag, created by the genius bae Theodosia Okoh. 323 more words



For a few years now, I’ve been going to the StAnza poetry festival in St Andrews. On Saturday, I was invited to compete in the Slam, hosted by Paula Varjack. 312 more words

A month of poetry

How often do you read a poem? The answer for me is rarely these days. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to include some poetry in my reading challenge for the year, to make myself sit down and do it. 811 more words


“But all of us are less than ourselves

in the days when we need to be more

and none of us can help ourselves

From Bronze by Jackie Kay

In My Country

“Poetry is of no use, but it is valuable.”

Truth from Northern Ireland Poet, Michael Longley. Words and a whisper that lead my exploration on this last day of rest before Election Day and a promise of continued and growing separation. 255 more words


Meeting the Makar

This was meant to be a catch-up post, but yesterday evening I stumbled across this even in the Culture Lab by pure chance, and it was great, so we’re talking about that instead. 326 more words


Publishing Round-Up: 10th October 2016.

Jackie Kay announces makar’s tour of all the Scottish islands

‘Jackie Kay, the national poet, or makar, used National Poetry Day to announce a Scotland-wide tour that will continue throughout her five-year tenure and be used as the basis for an epic poem reflecting “multi-voiced, multi-tongued Scotland”. 1,121 more words