The poet and writer Jackie Kay was the worthy winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award, for her memoir, Red Dust Road. During the awards ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last month, poetry and song featured large in the extract she read and during her chat with BBC Radio Four's Jenni Murray.
Also there to receive the prize for the poetry category was Stewart Conn, whose collection The Breakfast Room offers delicate reminders of the precious fragility of life and of what seems, at first glance, to be everyday and ordinary. This theme resonated in Kay's writing too.
We are delighted that Jackie Kay will appearing at StAnza in 2012. We'll be announcing more names early next month.
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