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Magi Gibson

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Contact: gibsonmagi@gmail.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English, Scots
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Magi is a poet fully engaged with the real world. Political and challenging, she is also tender and humane. One minute she'll read a poem of quiet elegance, then rock you back with a poem of irreverent wit. She has four full-length collections published, including the hugely popular Wild Women of a Certain Age. The National in Scotland described the collection Washing Hugh MacDiarmid's Socks as "a joy to read".

She won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Poetry Prize, has held three Scottish Arts Council Writing Fellowships, been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and Writer in Residence in Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art and Glasgow Women's Library. Poems in many anthologies, including Modern Scottish Women Poets, Scottish Love Poems (both Canongate) and The Twentieth Century Book of Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press).

Currently editor of The Poets' Republic, she performs regularly with Word Jazzology in Scotland. She runs Wild Women Writing workshops in Scotland and Ireland. She has also written short stories, plays and film scripts.

As Maggi Gibson she writes the Seriously Sassy environmentally-themed novels for 9-13 year olds from Puffin. She is experienced in work-shopping and reading/performing in every setting imaginable from prison to university to hospital.

(Photo credit: Ali Whitelock)

(Works in Scots)

Websites featuring the author

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

Bibliotherapy; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Ageing; Animals; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Discrimination & prejudice; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Friendship; Human rights; Music; Politics; Poverty; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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