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Margot McCuaig

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Contact: margot@purpletv.tv
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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Partly based in Glasgow, Scotland, I also built a home on farmland where my father was born in a remote location on Rathlin Island in County Antrim, Ireland, an island that has inspired me since childhood.

My debut novel The Birds That Never Flew was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. I am currently seeking publication of my second, The Road End, a novel inspired by islands and the bond between twins (I am twin myself). My short stories have been widely commended, and I was most recently longlisted in the Mslexia Women's Fiction Awards 2018 Short Story Competition.

I am also an award-winning filmmaker and scriptwriter and I am driven by storytelling in written and visual forms. I am extremely passionate about character, circumstance and rural and island locations and how these all engage. As writer/producer/director, I won Royal Television Society Scotland awards for my films in 2015, 2016 and 2019. I was also nominated for the same award for two additional films in 2014 and 2017, and shortlisted for a Celtic Media Bronz Torc for Excellence.

I live to tell stories, to make new stories with you, and for you.

Local authorities can visit

Argyll and Bute; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Workshop; Chairing events

Topics of work

Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Event production; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; History; Island communities; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Poverty; Rural communities; Sports

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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