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)