Kay Carmichael was an influential figure in Scottish politics as a social reformer, peace activist, policy advisor. As a result, It Takes a Lifetime to Become yourself is a collection of her autobiographical writings. It includes her poems, speeches and articles. Some of these are from her column in New Society magazine in the 1980s. As a result, this collection reflects a courageous and unique view on a life, which keenly observes the downtrodden and effected many of the social reforms we now take for granted. Her dying was as controversial as her life. Moreover, her reflections on death are things we need to say and need to hear for ourselves and for our young. As she used to say, ‘we can only honour life through an awareness of death.’
About the author
Kay Carmichael was born in 1925 and died in 2009. After an impoverished upbringing in Glasgow’s East End, she had many different job. From being a social worker to a university teacher. To being the wife of an MP and a member of the Scottish Office Advisory Committee for setting up Children’s Panels. And finally, she was also a peace activist (for which she was imprisoned), and an advisor for Harold Wilson’s Policy Unit at No. 10 Downing Street. Her husband David Donnison edited It Takes a Lifetime to Become Yourself.