Nicola Sturgeon thanks Scottish Makar who steps down after five years in office

The First Minister has praised Scotland’s Makar for being “outstanding” and “inspirational” as she steps down from her role after five years in office.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 4:52 pm
Updated Sunday, 14th March 2021, 6:26 pm
Scots Makar Jackie Kay is stepping down after her five years in office.

Jackie Kay announced today, 14 March, that she has finished her post serving as the country’s Makar – National Poet for Scotland.

In an announcement on Twitter Nicola Sturgeon said: “Thank you Jackie Kay for being such an outstanding and inspirational Makar.

"You have taken the beauty of poetry to every corner of Scotland, and graced so many of our nation’s key moments with your words.

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“You will be the hardest of acts to follow.”

Ms Sturgeon announced the award-winning author’s appointment as the new Makar on 15 March 2016, at the Scottish Poetry Library.

In an emotional message about her leaving her post Jackie Kay said: “Terms up! When I became Makar, my dear dad, who was 91 at the time said - how long is your term in office? Five years Dad, I said.

"Well your mother and I will just need to see oot your term in office, he said. And they very nearly did. Here’s to them and to all of you. Thank you.”

Ms Kay made an announcement earlier this year in February that her mother had passed away.

The next Makar, who is expected to be named shortly, has not yet been confirmed.

The title of Makar is much sought-after by poets. The term in office is for five years and an annual stipend of £10,000 per year is paid to recompense the Makar for his or her time spent writing and attending events as part of their role.

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