Saturday, June 10, 2006

Blow Your Own Trumpet

I first read Jackie Kay's book, Trumpet, in 2000 and later met Jackie at an Arvon Writing Course. I love how Jackie Kay has managed to be so versatile in her prose and her poetry. She has produced award-winning poetry collections, and Trumpet won the1988 Guardian Fiction Prize and the Author's Club First Novel Award. In the Big Gay Read's reader's poll, Trumpet was in the top 5 books, proving that it's still very much in the hearts of readers. I'm off to see the stage version of Trumpet at the Drill Hall in London (10-25 June) and was hoping, as part of Chroma's plan to set up an online reading community, to get a discussion going. These are some of the questions I'll be taking along in my head to the new stage play: When should the private life of an artist become public? Is Joss Moody's sexual identity anyone else's business? If you read the novel before the play, what expectations did you take with you to the theatre? How do personal narratives translate from the page to the stage? Feel free to add your comments and responses. Jackie may well join in herself.


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