Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and brought up in Glasgow. Her first collection of poetry, The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991. Her first novel, Trumpet, published in 1998, was awarded the Guardian fiction prize and was shortlisted for the International Impac Dublin literary award. Other books include two collections of short stories, Why Don’t You Stop Talking (2002) and Wish I Was Here (2006), a novel for children, Strawgirl (2002) and a novella, Sonata (2006). Her latest book of poems is Darling: New and Selected Poems (2007). Jackie lives in Manchester. In 2006, she was awarded an MBE for services to literature. She is the third modern Makar, the Scottish poet laureate.