Scottish poet, dramatist, and novelist, born in Edinburgh. Her first collection, The Adoption Papers (1991), introduces themes of racial and sexual identity, class, and Scottishness, which have remained central to Kay's writing. Other Lovers (1993) includes a sequence on blues singer Bessie Smith, of whom she has also written a biography. Other volumes include Off Colour (1998) and Life Mask (2005). Her first novel, Trumpet (1998), is the story of a male jazz musician who is discovered, after his death, to have been a woman. Why Don't You Stop Talking? (2002) and Wish You Were Here (2006) are short‐story collections.