JACKIE KAY was an adopted child of Scottish/Nigerian descent brought up by white parents in Glasgow, a heritage she explored in Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her natural parents. She is one of Britain’s best-known poets, appearing frequently on radio and TV programmes on poetry and culture. She has won the Signal Poetry Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year for her collection of short stories Wish I Was Here.
BOB HEATH has been the music therapist at Sobell House Hospice in Oxford since 2004 and also lectures in music therapy at the University of the West of England. He runs a range of training courses for music therapists and health care practitioners including a number of Creative Songwriting courses with colleague Jane Lings. He continues to pursue his interest in other music therapy contexts and works regularly in community mental health and learning disability settings.
"The tabletop and the wind / are both pure white paper./ I let my significance / happen only at home." Starting Anew as a Poet by Wang Xiaoni (translated by Eleanor Goodman) from Something Crosses My Mind (2014 Zephyr Press) http://eleanorgoodman.blogspot.ca/2013/06/starting-anew-as-poet-by-wang-xiaoni.html
"This city is beauty / unbreakable and amorous as eyelids, / in the streets, pressed with fierce departures, / submerged landings, / I am innocent as thresholds / and smashed night birds, lovesick, / as empty elevators" - Dionne Brand, from thirsty - Griffin Poetry Prize 2002 judge, 2003 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist, 2011 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Winner
JACKIE KAY is one of Britain’s best-known poets, appearing frequently on radio and TV programmes on poetry and culture. She has won the Signal Poetry Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was the British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year. She has been described by The Guardian as ranking amongst ‘the best of the genre’. Jackie Kay is speaking at Medicine Unboxed: Frontiers.
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