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Billy Kay

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English, Scots
Billy Kay's headshot

Billy is the author of Scots: The Mither Tongue and The Scottish World, so Scots language and the Scottish diaspora are major themes he talks about.

In the field of creative writing, Billy has published poetry and short stories. His play They Fairly Mak Ye Work was staged at Dundee Rep, and broadcast as Jute on BBC Scotland. His radio play on the Miner's Strike of 1984/85 Lucky's Strike was broadcast on BBC Scotland. He has also written a few songs.

Billy is passionate about Scotland and its people's phenomenal influence around the world, and is able to communicate that passion with a great deal of humour and love. (Photo credit: Louis DeCarlo)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Bilingual event; Multilingual event; Reading; Talk

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Class & society; Emigration & immigration; History; Politics

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+