Jackie Kay is the author of books including The Adoption Papers, which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Red Dust Road, winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the Costa-shortlisted Fiere. She is chancellor of the University of Salford and professor of creative writing at Newcastle University, and has served as Scots Makar, the national poet for Scotland, since March 2016.
Yomi Ṣode is a Nigerian British poet, performer and facilitator. One of the winners of the prestigious Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship, he has read poems at locations including Lagos International Poetry Festival, Afrika Fest, with Speaking Volumes in Finland and at the New York Public Library. Ṣode’s first one man show, Coat, has toured nationally to sold-out audiences, and he is currently working on his first poetry collection.
Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by the Financial Times and BBC amongst many others. He is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and chair of writer development organisation Spread the Word. A poem from debut collection Ticker-tape was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. His second collection, Saffron Jack, is published in March 2020 by Nine Arches Press.
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