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Jackie Kay book launch

Jackie Kay book launch

21 May 2010

The People’s History Museum is delighted to host the launch of award-winning author Jackie Kay’s new autobiography Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey on Sunday 6 June at 2.00pm. Jackie will read from her book, answer questions and sign copies, which will be available for purchase at the event.

From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and her Nigerian father, the journey that Jackie Kay undertakes in Red Dust Road is full of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions.

In a book shining with warmth, humour and compassion, she discovers that inheritance is much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that our internal landscapes are as important as those through which we move.  Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, Red Dust Road is revelatory, redemptive and courageous, unique in its voice and universal in its reach.  It is a heart-stopping story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs, biology and destiny, and love.

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh and brought up in Glasgow. She is a poet, playwright, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and she has published two collections of stories with Picador, Why Don’t You Stop Talking? and Wish I Was Here. She teaches at Newcastle University and lives in Manchester.


To book contact the People’s History Museum on 0161 838 9190 or

Jackie Kay is available for interview.  For further information, please contact Camilla Elworthy on 020 7014 6178 or at