Watch live as Jackie Kay discusses her selection of ten compelling BAME writers working in the UK today

Jackie Kay“Books kept me company in the dark. I suddenly found characters that looked like me and asked some of the same questions. I was not alone anymore. I had the very finest of company.” Jackie Kay

Watch Jackie Kay discussing her new selection of BAME writers working in the UK today, recorded at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Find out more about the International Literature Showcase, including Elif Shafak’s list of women writers and Val McDermid’s LGBTQI+ writers.

Tickets are also still available for Jackie’s ILS event at the Manchester Literature Festival!

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Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. THE ADOPTION PAPERS (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. FIERE was shortlisted for the COSTA award and her novel TRUMPET won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. RED DUST ROAD (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the LONDON BOOK AWARD, and was shortlisted for the JR ACKERLEY prize. Her third collection of short stories, REALITY, REALITY, was praised by The Guardian as ‘rank[ing] among the best of the genre’. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories WISH I WAS HERE won the Decibel British Book Award. Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar—the National Poet for Scotland—in March 2016.