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Marion McCready

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Contact: sorlil@hotmail.co.uk
Local authority: Argyll and Bute
Languages: English
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I was born in Stornoway and brought up in Dunoon, where I live with my husband and two children. I studied for an MA (Hons) in Politics and Classical Civilisations, and MLitt in Philosophy, both at Glasgow University. My poems have been widely published in magazines, newspapers and books since 2003. Whilst at university I won the inaugural RSAMD Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize.

My poetry pamphlet Vintage Sea was published in 2011 by Calder Wood Press. In 2013 I won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, and the Melita Hume Poetry Prize for my first full-length collection of poems, Tree Language (Eyewear publishing). My second full collection, Madame Ecosse (Eyewear Publishing), was published in 2017. Themes in my work include nature, history, women's experiences, folklore and spirituality.

I work as a tour guide at Inveraray Castle and also as a support worker at a homelessness unit in Glasgow. I have performed my poems at events and festivals across the UK. I am happy to consider readings and facilitate creative writing workshops for teenagers and adults. I have experience in facilitating creative writing with adults in drug rehabilitation and adults experiencing homelessness and addiction.

Local authorities can visit

Argyll and Bute; Glasgow City

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Reading; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Coasts, seas & oceans; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; History; Nature; Politics

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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