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“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


A Laureate, a Makar, the @edbookfest and @DangerousWomen_

I was really delighted to be part of the audience that swayed, laughed, wept and even sang, at the ‘Carol Ann Duffy with Jackie Kay… 543 more words



This morning I voted in #ScotlandsFavouriteBook

Colleagues at Shetland Library thought only being able to choose one from the list of thirty was cruelty to readers.  79 more words

Shetland Library

The Shore to Shore Tour

Including (brief!) review of ‘Fiere’ by Jackie Kay.

On 25th June, I travelled back to where I grew up for a very special poetry event. Over a fortnight, Carol Ann Duffy led a tour across the country, starting in Falmouth and finishing in St Andrews. 781 more words