Bantam by Jackie Kay
Bantam is Jackie Kay’s first collection since she became Makar. It is an intimate collection celebrating family, from the grand-father who sustained a shrapnel wound in World War 1, through her parents whose fierce political beliefs have not been diminished by ill health or age, to the birth of her beloved son.
However is it also her first collection after the Brexit referendum and contains too anger at a result fuelled by fear and xenophobia:
“Our strength is in our difference. Dinny fear it. Dinny caw canny.”
Reviewed by Vivian