I heard Jackie Kay on Radio 4 this afternoon and learned about the inspiration for writing one of her poems. She had heard that from 2017 babies born in Scotland were to get a cardboard box containing mattress, sheets, clothes – all a new born might need. She wrote to the government to suggest that there should be a poem in the box and they said ‘Yes!’ So, she wrote the poem ‘Welcome wee one’. She spoke of how new Mums would see her on the street, thank her for the poem and ask for selfies. I think this is brilliant.
A Poem, Blue Muffins and A Poppy