Magi Gibson has been writing and teaching creative writing for 25 years. A graduate of Glasgow University, she first worked as a teacher of French & German. She also specialized in working with teenagers with behavioural problems. She has held three Scottish Arts Council Fellowships and one Royal Literary Fund Fellowship. Currently the Makar of the City of Stirling, she was a Scottish Arts Council Bursary recipient in 2007. She co-organises DiScOmBoBuLaTe, evenings of literature and comedy with her husband, Ian Macpherson. She lives in Glasgow.
About writer's work
Magi writes poetry and short stories for adults, as well as poetry and novels for children aged 8 – 14. She writes the Seriously Sassy series for Puffin, and has won several poetry prizes, including the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Prize. In 2001 Harlot Red, was a prize-winner in the Asham Short Story Competition.
Websites featuring the authorwww.seriouslysassy.co.ukwww.discombobulate.me
Current events and projects
Magi offers Seriously Sassy events for P5 – S1. These lively inter-active presentations are suitable for schools, libraries and festivals. Magi will enthuse children about reading, writing, green issues and social responsibility in a fun and entertaining way. She also offers Creative Writing Workshops for all ages in a variety of formats. Magi is experienced in teaching creative writing at all primary and secondary school stages. As well as teaching the craft of both poetry and prose through workshops she's devised, she will inspire creativity and confidence in participants of all ages and abilities. She has contributed to many teaching packs for creative writing in the UK. 'Thanks for your superb contribution to our book festival. Feedback from your sessions has been excellent.' Sheila Campbell, Principal Librarian, Get Moray Reading Festival. 'An inspirational tutor.' Alan Bissett, author and former student. Past Projects include Writer in Residence, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Dear Diary Project with Barnardo's & The Women's Library, London 2006; Writer in Residence: The Royal High School, Edinburgh 2006 – 2007.
Poems in many anthologies including:
Modern Scottish Women Poets, Canongate, Scottish Love Poems, Canongate, The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry, Edinburgh University Press. Original Prints, Polygon Fresh Oceans, Stramullion Full Strength Angels, New Writing Scotland Poetry also appears in Chapman, Cencrastus, The Stinging Fly, The Herald, The Scotsman and many other magazines.
Harlot Red in Harlot Red, Serpent’s Tail Dream Lover in Damage Land, New Scottish Gothic Fiction, Polygon
Radio Drama One Foot in the Cuckoo’s Nest, BBC Radio 4, 2006 (with Ian Macpherson)
Poems for Children in I WOULDN'T THANK YOU FOR A VALENTINE (Viking), SCOTTISH POEMS 2000, Macmillan PARENTS KEEP OUT! Macmillan Don’t Panic, 100 poems to save your life, Macmillan