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Ian McDonough

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Contact: mcdonian@gmail.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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Ian McDonough's work has been featured widely, from Poetry Review to The Times Higher Educational Supplement, Physics News, The Scotsman, The Herald and New Writing Scotland. His latest collection, A Witch Among the Gooseberries, is published by Mariscat Press. Ian's first full-length poetry collection Clan MacHine (Chapman) was shortlisted for Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year in 2004. The poem sequence A Rising Fever was published by Kettilonia in 2000, and in the same year he was commissioned by the Engineering and Science Research Council and Strathclyde University to produce a series of poems on particle physics. His third collection The Vanishing Hitchhiker was published by Mariscat in 2014. Ian's first play 51 Pegasus toured Scotland in 2003. He co-edited the second Shore Poets anthology The Ice Horses (Scottish Cultural Press).

Originally from Brora, Sutherland, he now lives in Edinburgh with his partner and daughter. He is a recipient of a SAC Writer's Award, and was winner of the National Galleries of Scotland writing competition 2008. Ian works as a consultant and trainer in conflict resolution and mediation. He is a very experienced performer of his poetry and has delivered a wide range of creative writing workshops.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Childhood; Class & society; Discrimination & prejudice; Fantasy; Loneliness & isolation; Politics; Poverty; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Science fiction; Urban communities

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0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+