Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fairytale Comes True for Poet ; SALFORD UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR NAMED SCOTLAND'S NATIONAL QUEEN OF VERSE

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fairytale Comes True for Poet ; SALFORD UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR NAMED SCOTLAND'S NATIONAL QUEEN OF VERSE

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THE chancellor of Salford University has been awarded a top Scottish poetry honour.

Edinburgh-born Jackie Kay has been named the third Scots Makar - Scotland's national poet.

The honorary position was established by the Scottish Parliament in 2004 and the celebrated poet takes over from Liz Lochhead.

Professor Kay, who was made an MBE in 2004 and lives in Manchester, was appointed chancellor of Salford University in October 2014 and is also their writer in residence. She will be in her new role for five years.

Prof Kay, 54, is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and plays. She has published collections of poetry for adults and children and her first book of poetry, The Adoption Papers, won the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year and a commendation from the Forward Poetry Prize judges.

She writes extensively for the stage and screen. Her play Twice Over was the first by a black writer to be produced by Gay Sweatshop Theatre Group in 1988.

The role of Scots Makar will see Prof Kay work to create and promote poetry in Scotland. …

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