Author details

Carol Mckay


Winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2010 and of the Booktown Writers' Short Story Competition 2012. Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary, 2002. From Drumchapel, Glasgow, of Scots and Irish descent. Experienced creative writing teacher and facilitator. I teach creative writing through The Open University.

About writer's work

My short fiction tackles contemporary issues, e.g. isolation, abortion, alcoholism. It's been described as 'hallucinatory urban realism' (Suhayl Saadi). My short fiction and poetry have appeared in Gutter, Mslexia, From Glasgow to Saturn, Istanbul Review, Daily Telegraph, The Herald, Chapman, Cencrastus, Northwords. Anthologised by Polygon (Birlinn) and Luath. My current project is a crime novel set in northern Scotland.

Websites featuring the author

Carol McKay's website Weegie Wednesday

Current events and projects

Creative writing teaching and facilitating – particularly interested in fiction, memoir and travel writing workshops. Also available to give readings of my own work and as a competition judge.

Other work

I'm interested in cross-artform collaborations, and have had poems featured in three exhibitions: 1) Atlantic Crossings (paired with Andrea Piller, ceramic artist in Ontario); 2) Children's Winters Exhibition 2015/6 at Edinburgh's Museum of Childhood; 3) Moira Buchanan's 'All Washed Up' exhibition at Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine Dec 2016 - Jan 2017.


Local authority where they are based

South Lanarkshire

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, 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

Book Cover

Second Chances: true stories of living with Addison’s Disease 

Author(s): Carol Mckay
How does it feel to be diagnosed with a life-threatening health condition? Addison’s disease is a rare auto-immune condition which can be fatal.