The Makar's Diary 2016

Scotland's New Makar by First Minister of Scotland under a Creative Commons licence

Thursday 15 December
The National Poets of Wales and Scotland, Ifor ap Glyn, and Jackie Kay, read together at The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea. The event was part of newly established centenary lecture series given at Swansea University, curated by poet Owen Sheers, and also featuring Carol Ann Duffy and Michael Morpurgo. 

Wednesday 16 November 
The Makar travels to Lerwick, in Shetland, to perform at the Mareel Arts Centre (as part of Ferlie Leed); she also leads a workshop session with a local school.

Saturday 12 November
At the National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of a perfomance by The Portrait Choir, Jackie Kay read her poem 'Private Joseph Kay', part of the Fierce Light poetry collection specially commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich.

Monday 7 November
The National Poet made a keynote address at the Museums Association Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016 in Glasgow. She read poems related to the event’s People and Places theme, taking in issues such as identity and storytelling.

Saturday 5 November
The Makar makes an appearance at An Lanntair, Faclan Festival, Stornoway, Lewis

Thursday 3 November
The Makar performs at a Poetry Ceildh at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Lochmoddy, North Uist; another Ferlie Leed date.

Wednesday 2 November
The National Poet leads a reading and workshop at Auchinairn School.

Sunday 30 October
Jackie Kay headlines the last night of the Dunoon Book Festival, which is the first date of her projected five year tour of Scotland, 'Ferlie Leed'.

Wednesday 26 October
The Makar performed a new poem 'Care Giver' at the Care Leavers Award held at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 October
The Makar attends the North Cornwall Literary Festival where she took part in a on-stage conversation in St Endellion church with novelist Katherine Norbury, 'A Journey Upstream'. She also led a small writing group on the theme of 'Writing Short Poems'.

Saturday 15 October
'An Evening with Jackie Kay' at the Manchester Literayr Festival sees the Makar questioned by novelist Rachel Cooke about her life and work.

Monday 10 October

The Makar appears alongside novelist Kit De Waal to discuss race and identity in their work.

Thursday 6 October
For National Poetry Day, the Makar launches the first part of her official programme. She announces details of Ferlie Leed, tour that will, over five years, take her the length and breadth of Scotland. The first leg of the tour begins with an emphasis on the highlands and islands; places that have long intrigued the Makar or which she has personal connections with. 'Ferlie Leed'. To mark the announcement and National Poetry Day, the Makar headlines an event at Edinburgh College curated by Neu! Reekie!

Monday 3 October
The Makar spends the day at Milne's High School, Fochabers, Moray.

Friday 30 September
The Makar gives a talk and leads workshops at George Watson College in Edinburgh.

Thursday 22 September
The Makar reads at 'Engels Beard' event with Lindsay Taylor in Salford, the event tying in with a giant sculpture of Friedrich Engels beard.

Monday 12 September
Jackie Kay records a short poem that is read to introduce a night of poetry on BBC2 (broadcast on 1 October).

Wednesday 24 August
The Makar reads at an International Cultural Summit Gala dinner in Edinburgh.

Sunday 21 August
The Makar reads at Rannoch Tea Rooms, the first venue to fufil her pledge to find interesting and unusual places to perform, away from the usual venues poets perform in. She writes a poem 'Rannoch Loop' to mark the occassion.

Saturday 20 August
The Makar heads to Rannoch with The One Show to do filming.

Thursday 18 August
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon interviews Jackie Kay at the EIBF. In the evening, she is present at award ceremony for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award; the Makar was one of the judges this year.

Wednesday 17 August
The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the Makar Jackie Kay read together at the EIBF. Later, she reads as part of the line-up at an Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series event.

Tuesday 16 August
At her second EIBF event, the Makar is joined by John Kay and Sam Ruddock to discuss the poetry of WW1.

Monday 15 August
The start of a strand curated by Jackie Kay at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. For her first event, the Makar interviewed on stage Zaffar Kunial. Together they explored the question 'What does it mean to be a British writer of mixed heritage in the 21st century?'

Thursday 4 August
The Makar leads two workshops in Kilmarnock.

Wednesday 20 July
The South Bank Show (Sky Arts) dedicates a show to Jackie Kay and her poetry.

Saturday 16 July
The Makar reads at an event at the Lattitude Festival, Suffolk.

Saturday 2 July
The Makar reads her poem 'Threshold', her first as National Poet, at the opening of Parliament.

Shore to Shore visits Topping & Company Booksellers, St Andrews.

Friday 1 July
Shore to Shore visits Atkinson-Pryce Books.

Thursday 30 June
Shore to Shore visits Mainstreet Trading, St Boswells.

Wednesday 29 June
Shore to Shore visits Forum Books, Corbridge.

Tuesday 28 June
Shore to Shore visits Bookends, Carlisle.

Monday 27 June
Shore to Shore visits Simply Books, Bramhall.

Sunday 26 June
Shore to Shore visits Palas Print, Caernarfon.

Saturday 25 June
Shore to Shore visits Booka Bookshop, Oswestry.

Friday 24 June
Shore to Shore visits Wenlock Books, Bridgnorth.

Thursday 23 June
Shore to Shore visits Book-ish, Crickhowell.

Wednesday 22 June
Shore to Shore visits Rossiter Books, Monmouth.

Tuesday 21 June
Shore to Shore visits Blackwell's Oxford and Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton..

Monday 20 June
Shore to Shore visits Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath.

Sunday 19 June
Over fourteen consecutive days across Britain from Cornwall to Scotland, the Makar joined Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, and Imtiaz Dharker for the Shore to Shore tour. Each evening will be accompanied by music from instrumentalist and composer John Sampson plus a special guest. The tour begins in Falmouth at Falmouth Booksellers.