Jackie Kay

Since appearing at the inaugural year for Glasgay! in 1993, Jackie Kay has returned to the festival in 2009 and 2010.  She became one of our patrons in 2009.

Her Glasgay! commissioned piece, “The Maw Broon Monologues” premiered at the 2009 festival to great acclaim, which sparked her return the following year with “Red Dust Road,” a memoir about meeting her Nigerian birth father.

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. She has published five collections of poetry for adults including THE ADOPTION PAPERS (winner of a Forward Prize, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award) and most recently FIERE (short listed for the Costa Award.)

Her memoir RED DUST ROAD won the Scottish book of the Year award and the JR Ackerley prize and was selected as a world book night title for 2013. She’s published several collections of poetry for children including RED CHERRY RED, winner of the CLYPE award.

Her first novel, TRUMPET (Picador, 1998) won the Guardian Fiction Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and The Author’s Club First Novel Award. Her collections of stories include WISH I WAS HERE ( winner of the Decibel British Book Award) and most recently REALITY, REALITY.

MANCHESTER LINES, her most recent play was produced last year by Manchester Library Theatre and won a Stage Award. She is a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She was awarded an MBE in 2006. She lives in Manchester.



Louise Welsh

Appearing at the festival in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009, Louise Welsh is one of Glasgay!’s patrons.

Her play, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALFRED was performed at Glasgay! in 2006. in 2007 the festival commissioned her novella TAMBURLAINE MUST DIE in a new play directred by Kenny Miller. In 2009 she was commissioned to write a new play, MEMORY CELLS which appeared to critical acclaim at The Arches and later transferred to The Edinburgh Festival. In 2010 the feetival again commissioned Louise to co-write with her partner Zoe Strachan a new drama entitled PANIC PATTERNS. The production was directed by Alison Peebles and staged at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. PANIC PATTERNS was later commissionedby BBC Radio 3 for its afternoon drama slot.

Louise’s work has been translated into twenty languages and she has been the recipient of several awards and international fellowships. Louise Welsh became a Patron of the Glasgay! Festival in 2007



A play by Dustin Lance Black chronicling the federal trial for marriage equality