Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is a poet, novelist and writer of short stories. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and she has published two previous collections of stories with Picador, Why Don't You Stop Talking and Wish I Was Here. Her most recent books are Fiere and her memoir, Red Dust Road, which won the 2011 Scottish Book Award.
'Jackie Kay's third collection of short stories ranks among the
'Hilarious . . . heartbreaking' Observer
'Sheer joy . . . The pleasure that Kay takes in observation, in dipping her imagination into the secrets of the secretive and the songs of the unsung, is infectious' Scotland on Sunday
'They glow with a quiet radiance, touched as they are by the warmth of their creator's heart' Spectator
'Invigorating and witty . . . An observer whose eye for human frailty and courage is that of a portraitist who wants to show rather than tell' Sunday Herald