Ross MacKay is an author, poet and playwright from Fife. He has won numerous accolades for his work including a William Soutar Award for Poetry and a Tom McGrath Maverick Award. He has been commissioned to write poems for schools, libraries and to open festivals.
Ross debut picture book, Daddy’s Bad Day, has been created to help parents explain their mental health struggles to young children. The story draws on the writer’s lived experience and research conducted with some of Scotland’s leading parent charities.
His debut children’s novel, Will and The Whisp, explores issues around anxiety for readers aged 11+.
Ross has extensive experience providing creative writing workshops, readings and performances for participants in communities around Scotland.
Ross previously worked in theatre as the artistic director of Tortoise in a Nutshell. His productions toured all over the world. His shows have received numerous prestigious awards including a Scotsman Fringe First for New Writing and a Critic’s Pick from The New York Times.