Jackie Kay

28 Feb

We had an incredible session at the Faber Academy on Saturday with the writer Jackie Kay, what a ball of energy and a real bundle of joy.  She performed an extract from her new book Red Dust Road, which she really brought alive – it was incredible to listen to. 

She also set us a task of putting 2 characters together with one of them feeling trapped.  This seemed like too good an opportunity for me not to confront a scene I have been skirting around and not actually writing.  It’s amazing what you can get on paper when the clock is ticking.  Even if I don’t use the piece I wrote I think it will be really useful for the whole book that I’ve got more of the substance of a key event.

I also put in my last submission (I think) for the Academy – it’s unbelievable how quickly I’ve got to this point.  We’ve still got a few more sessions left, but the end is definitely in sight.  I managed to provoke quite a reaction to my work on Saturday, as I gave them a piece from near the end of the book to see what people thought.  Well, they were practically climbing over the table to hit me over the head with their manuscripts.  Looks like I’ve still a bit of work to do, but I was mainly delighted that they have engaged enough with my characters that they are adamant about what they would and wouldn’t do.

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