The Imaginary Delta with Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay at 2014 Manchester Literature FestivalJon Parker Lee

  • Jackie Kay at 2014 Manchester Literature Festival

Jackie Kay's poem The Imaginary Road was commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival as part of The Imaginary Delta, a reimagining of early jazz forms drawing on the work of Bessie Smith. The poem was performed alongside original music composed by Adam Fairhall at Manchester Jazz Festival in July 2014 and at Matt and Phred's during Manchester Literature Festival in October 2014. This project was supported by the Madeline Mabey Trust.