Jackie Kay | 'If you’re a poet, you never really retire'

Jackie Kay | 'If you’re a poet, you never really retire'

This year is Jackie Kay’s final year as Scots Makar. She was announced in the role of Scotland’s national poet in March 2016, after being asked to take it on by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Kay recalls that she was driving her parents to a garden centre at the time, and had to pull over to take the First Minister’s phone call. “When she asked me I said, ‘Yes, I would be delighted’, and then I was a bit lost for words—unusually for me. So I gave my mum the phone, and she said, ‘Hello, Nicola!’” Kay says she “wasn’t expecting” to be approached, but was “honoured, overwhelmed and quite move...

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