I am a Gaelic poet and writer (sometimes credited as Marion F. NicIllemhoire) based on the island of South Uist and winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2017 for Gaelic poetry. My first collection of poems in Gaelic and English, Adhbhar ar Sòlais – Cause of our Joy, was published in 2018 by Bradan Press and came second in the Donald Meek Award.
In 2019 I undertook a commission for the Scottish Book Trust annual book week publication, and read my work in English and Gaelic at the launch event in Edinburgh. I have just recently completed a commission for the national poetry festival, StAnza.
My poetry has been read at the opening service of the Royal National Mòd in 2019. I have appeared in a programme celebrating local bards and broadcast recently on BBC Alba. I have also recorded my poetry in Gaelic and English for the Churches Together online radio station based in Glasgow and have performed in 2019 at the Women’s Library in Glasgow.
One of my short stories has been accepted for publication in the Steall Gaelic magazine. I was also shortlisted last year for the Film G script writing competition and am currently writing a Gaelic play.