Author details

Magi Gibson

Biography

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 author

www.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.

Other work

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.

Short Stories

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

Email

Maggigibson@gmail.com

Local authority where they are based

Glasgow

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, Other

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Playwright, Poet, Writer

Language

English

Books written

Seriously Sassy: Crazy Days

Seriously Sassy: Crazy Days

Author(s): Magi Gibson
‘I’m gonna use my fame and money to make the world a better place . . .
Seriously Sassy: Pinch Me, I'm Dreaming...

Seriously Sassy: Pinch Me, I'm Dreaming...

Author(s): Magi Gibson
‘I sing cos I care about things. I’m not gonna change just to be famous!’ Sassy Wilde has plenty to say about life, love and . . . lemurs.
Seriously Sassy

Seriously Sassy

Author(s): Magi Gibson
Thirteen-year-old Sassy is a true twenty-first century girl.
Wild Women of a Certain Age

Wild Women of a Certain Age

Author(s): Magi Gibson
These poems spring from taxis, supermarkets and long car drives through the wind and rain.
Strange Fish

Strange Fish

Author(s): Helen Lamb, Magi Gibson
Poems and artwork