Author details

Marion McCready


I was born on the Isle of Lewis and brought up in Dunoon, Argyll where I live with my husband and two children. I graduated in Politics and Classical Civilisations at Glasgow University during which I won the RSAMD Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize. I then went on to complete an MLitt in Philosophy. My poems have been published widely including in Poetry (Chicago), Edinburgh Review, The Glasgow Herald, The Scotsman, Poetry Salzburg Review, Paris Lit Up, The Atlanta Review, and Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014). My pamphlet collection, Vintage Sea, was published by Calder Wood Press (2011). My first full-length collection, Tree Language, was published by Eyewear Publishing (2014). I have a sequence of poems titled “The Birth Garden” in Our Real Red Selves published by Vagabond Voices (2015). 

About writer's work

My main interests and themes are nature, women’s experiences, folklore, spirituality, and to a lesser degree – Scottish history (I’ve recently written a series of poems on Mary, Queen of Scots). I’m in the process of putting together a second full-length poetry collection which explores amongst other themes the experiences of women in history and mythology. I won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013 and won the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2013).

Websites featuring the author

Eyewear PublishingVagabond Voices profile - YouTubeMarion's website

Current events and projects

I am available for poetry readings, discussions and Q and A’s on any aspect of poetry for teen or adult audience. I recently read and participated in Q and A’s at an event at Aye Write: Glasgow Book Festival.  

Please note Marion is available for events that are accessible via public transport.

Contact details


By phone: 01369 705194

Local authority where they are based

Argyll and Bute

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Writer



Books written

Our Real Red Selves

This volume brings together three poets in one volume to showcase the freshest voices and newest developments in Scottish poetry.

Tree Language

Author(s): Marion McCready
Collection of poems exploring war and personal tragedy through nature and the varying landscapes of Scotland, France and Jerusalem. (Eyewear Publishing, 2014.)

Vintage Sea

Author(s): Marion McCready
Collection of poems exploring love, motherhood and spirituality through the natural world from the shores of the Firth of Clyde to the Outer Hebrides. (Calder Wood Press)