Magi Gibson

Poet and Writer

“It’s rare to find a poet whose ability to write wonderful poems matches their ability to teach.  I’ve been lucky enough to benefit from Magi Gibson’s talent as a writer, and a tutor.”
William Letford, poet

"Not only is Magi Gibson an excellent poet in her own right, but she is quite simply the best creative writing tutor I've ever come across. When I was much younger and still finding my feet as would-be novelist her careful, patient wisdom was the reason why I was able to progress so quickly."
Alan Bissett, novelist & playwright

Magi’s new poetry collection, Washing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks is out now from Luath Press.

“…a joy to read.” The National
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Available online and from all good bookshops.


A bit about Magi
She has held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships and one Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellowship with the University of Paisley. She was the first Makar (Poet Laureate) of the City of Stirling in 500 years, and in 2009 was awarded a major Scottish Arts Council bursary. She was Reader in Residence with Glasgow Women’s Library from 2012 - 2015, where she ran many creative writing workshops and hosted poets from India, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Jamaica and Palestine. She is a patron of the Federation of Writers Scotland.

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Her poetry sequence, The Senile Dimension, won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Writing Prize. Her work appears in Scottish Love Poems and Modern Scottish Women Poets (both Canongate), and The Twentieth Century Book of Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press), as well as in numerous other anthologies and literary magazines. Her hugely popular third poetry collection, Wild Women of a Certain Age, published by Chapman, is now in its fourth print run, and led to her founding the Wild Women Writing Workshops.

Details of the collections, anthologies and literary magazines where Magi’s poetry has been published can be found on the poetry page. It’s not a complete list, as she’s lost track a bit.


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Three novels for 10 - 13/14 year olds. Published by Puffin.
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Harlot Red, in Harlot Red (Serpent’s Tail) Shortlisted in the Asham/Waterstone’s Short Story Competition
‘a sensuous tale with a deceptively powerful kick’ The Herald
'Harlot Red' is the title of a story about 'fucking in the morning' by Magi Gibson, a poet. It fits right into this collection of work by acclaimed writers such as Carol Shields and AL Kennedy.’ The Guardian
Dream Lover in Damage Land, New Scottish Gothic Fiction
‘The poet, Magi Gibson, turns in a fine performance. Her story begins quietly enough, but surprises the reader by the way in which it artfully winds up the tension in the final pages.’ The Scotsman
The Loneliness of the Stars, short story in
Northwords Now (2015)
Haunting The Shadows, short story, in
Glasgow, a City in Architecture 2013


Magi’s play Our Boys received a Tom McGrath Playwright’s award. An excerpt was featured at the Tron 100 Showcase. Our Boys was also selected for mentoring in Talkfest at the Tron 2015, and her unfinished play, Trust No One was selected for mentoring at TalkFest at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016.
Her short filmscript,
Falling, was a finalist in Tartan Shorts (2006) and the full length rom-com script she co-wrote with husband, Ian Macpherson, was a finalist in Scottish Screen's New Found Films competition (2005). Ian and Magi have also co-written radio drama for BBC Radio 4, and TV sitcom, Byron’s Women had two episodes commissioned by BBC Scotland. With Hopscotch Films she trained as a story editor for film.

She has been a regular tutor at St Andrews University International Summer School, an Arvon tutor, and a regular guest poet at Stirling University. With thirty years experience at every level, she has taught several creative writing courses at Glasgow University and has been a mentor for Book Trust Scotland’s New Writers’ Bursary scheme.

In 2016 she sold out 3 and 5 day workshops at Listowel Writers’ Week and West Cork Literary Festival in Ireland. For the previous four years her workshops at West Cork Literary Festival have been sold out.

In June 2017 she ran a Wild Women Writing Workshop at the Women’s Voices Ireland Conference - not only sold out, but over-subscribed.

She has recently started to speak at conferences on poetry, feminism and politics.

She has contributed to National Poetry Day teaching packs, as well as packs for the Scottish Poetry Library. Although she runs all-women workshops she is just as popular as a tutor for mixed groups, and specialises in working with marginalised groups and people facing isolation and mental health issues.

Magi started up
Pushing Out The Boat, the new writing and art magazine from North East Scotland, which is still being published seventeen years later. She also started up and ran Ironstone in West Lothian while Writer in Residence there. She has edited and produced many other anthologies for project she has worked on, and has a small publishing company, Cloudberry Books.

Caroline Walsh, David Higham Literary Agency, London