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Jackie Kay's poetry, plays, and fiction explore issues of divided, displaced, or mixed identity. Her writings probe and challenge assumptions about race, gender, and sexuality with a mixture of pain and humour. She often draws her inspiration from jazz and blues musicians, particularly Bessie Smith and Billy Tipton. Jackie Kay has also written a memoir about her search for her birth parents, and several children's books, as well as works for radio drama and performance poetry), opera, and audiocassette.
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9 November 1961 Jacqueline Margaret (Jackie) Kay was born at Edinburgh in "one of those appalling and judgmental mother-and-baby homes," to a teenage unmarried mother who was forced by Highland racism to have her adopted. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 August 1998 JK published her first novel, Trumpet, inspired by the life of jazz musician Billy Tipton. Bibliographic Citation link.
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