Jackie Kay

(3041 words)
  • David Ian Paddy (Whittier College)

The story of Jackie Kay’s life is as fascinating and complex as her literary works. The comparison is significant because several of Kay’s pieces spring from her biography and they are all concerned with the intricate nature of identity. Kay’s father was a black Nigerian visiting Edinburgh when he met Kay’s white Scottish mother. After he returned to Nigeria, the mother discovered she was pregnant and decided to give up the child. Kay was then adopted by a white Glaswegian couple with a strong commitment to radical politics. As Kay grew up she also began to identify herself as lesbian. Graduating with a degree in English from the University of Stirling in 1983, she became Writer-in-residence at Hammersmith, London …

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Citation:
Paddy, David Ian. "Jackie Kay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 December 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5158, accessed 28 July 2014.]


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