Literary Look at History; Events: Black History Month

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AN eminent author's readings are one of the highlights of Black History Month Acclaimed novelist and poet Jackie Kay MBE is to speak at a free public event at Teesside University in October 20.

This will also launch the university's annual An Audience With.. series of lectures, which runs into 2012.

Jackie was born in Edinburgh in 1961 to a Scottish mother and Nigerian father and adopted by a white couple at birth.

This experience of being adopted by and growing up with a white family inspired her first poetry collection 20 years ago, The Adoption Papers. Jackie's debut novel Trumpet, published in 1998, was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Red Dust Road, Jackie's memoir about meeting her Nigerian birth father, was published last year and shortlisted for Scottish Book of the Year and the PEN/Ackerley Prize.

Jackie will read extracts from the book and speak with Nigerian author Kachi Ozumba about her turbulent journey to Nigeria about the role that chance plays in our lives.

Kachi is also a creative writing lecturer at Teesside and accompanied Jackie for part of her journey to Nigeria. The event starts at 5.30pm in the Centuria Building, Victoria Road, Middlesbrough.

Other Black History Month highlights: * October 18-November 15: British library exhibition, South Asians Making Britain 1858-1950. …