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Poetry Corner: Cradle Song

On this day  in 1979 saw the birth of Scotland’s first test-tube baby. Grace Montgomery from Glasgow gave birth to Alastair, the country’s first ‘test tube’ baby. 140 more words

Orkney News

Promises to keep?

Yesterday, I read “Promise” by Jackie Kay and thought about new beginnings and decided I’m too old for them. I can’t begin again. I can only continue on and try to be better. 154 more words

Blog Posts

Jackie Kay (2002 [2011]) Why Don’t You Stop Talking.

I’m one of the few that reads short stories. They don’t sell. There are exceptions such as Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahari and George Saunders. Poets sell even less of their work than short-story writers, but usually make the best writers. 231 more words

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay MBE was born on November 9, 1961. She is an award winning Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist who was knighted Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2006 for her “service to literature.” In 2016, she was named the third Scots Makar, the national poet of Scotland. 1,071 more words



“When the love of your life dies, the problem is not that some part of you dies too, which it does, but that some part of you is still alive.” … 651 more words

For the Joy of Reading: Reality, Reality

Jackie Kay does not need me to extol her works so that other people are persuaded to read them.   But this book is really special in all kinds of ways.   81 more words

Books And Reading

"Mancestre....is the fairest, best buildied, quikkest and most populus Tounne of al Lancastreshire" (John Leland, 1538)

The final part of my cities trilogy of posts sees me in Manchester, a place that has made worldwide news in recent times for the most tragic of reasons. 1,235 more words