Barbara Kay graduated from the University of Toronto in Honours English Language and Literature in 1964. She attended McGill University's graduate school and receive her M.A. in English Literature in 1966.
For many years, Barbara taught literature and composition at Concordia University and various Montreal cegeps. For 25 years she edited an annually-published creative writing anthology for high school students called First Fruits.
Barbara’s journalism career began in the 1990s with frequent contributions to Cité libre, the federalist magazine founded by Pierre Elliott Trudeau and reanimated in the run-up to the 1995 referendum as a tool to combat separatism.
Since 2003, Barbara has been a weekly columnist for the National Post, writing frequently on such diverse subjects as cultural misandry, illiberal liberalism on campus, especially regarding Israel, honour codes in South Asian culture, the niqab as a multicultural tipping point, and the bizarre world of dog politics.
Barbara’s writing has also been published in in magazines such as the, C2C Journal Online, the New York Daily News, Campus Watch (online), Front Page Magazine (online), Pajamas Media (online), the Dorchester Review, and the Prince Arthur Herald.
Barbara is a regular contributor to a number of radio talk shows, both local and national. Since September 2015 she has been a frequent guest on the CBC news quiz show, Because News.
In 2010 Barbara was a speaker at Moses Znaimer’s IdeaCity, speaking on the theme of “honour-motivated violence”.
In 2012, Barbara published, with Aruna Papp, Aruna’s memoir: Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi daughter’s memoir of Honour, Shame and Love (Freedom Press Canada).
In 2013 Barbara published her own collection of original and never-before published reviews and talks: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: A Cultural Memoir and other essays (Freedom Press Canada).
In 2015 Barbara published “A Three Day Event,” a murder mystery novel.