“There is no doubt that Gibson is an important poet in Scotland today, arguably one of the most important, as her growing readership attests.” Cencrastus
Magi Gibson is well known throughout Scotland and beyond as a poet, short story writer and author of the Seriously Sassy novels. She is also the founder of the Wild Women Writing Workshops and a popular and skilled creative writing tutor. She is Reader in Residence with Glasgow Women's Library.
On Harlot Red in Harlot Red, Serpent’s Tail
‘a sensuous tale with a deceptively powerful kick’ The Herald
‘... fits right into this collection of work by acclaimed writers such as Carol Shields and AL Kennedy.’ The Guardian
On Dream Lover, in Damage Land, Polygon 2000
‘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
Magi has held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships and one Royal Literary Fellowship. As well as writing the Seriously Sassy novels, she is a skilled short story writer and her story Harlot Red was a finalist in the prestigious Asham Short Story Competition.
She has published four collections of poetry. Her 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. www.wildwomenwriting.co.uk
Magi has just written her first play, Our Boys. Her short filmscript, Falling, was a finalist in Tartan Shorts and the full length rom-com script she co-wrote with her husband, Ian Macpherson, was a finalist in Scottish Screen's New Found Films competition. Ian and Magi have also co-written radio drama for BBC Radio 4.
Modern Scottish Women Poets. Canongate 2001
Scottish Love Poems. Canongate 2003
The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry. Edinburgh University Press 2004
100 Favourite Scottish Love Poems edited by Stewart Conn, Luath Press 2008
New Writing Scotland 14 (Association for Scottish Literary Studies)
New Writing Scotland 2001 (ASLS)
Original Prints, New Writing from Scottish Women, Polygon
Meantime, Prize Winning writing from Scottish Women, Polygon
'Writing Light - An anthology of verse' South Africa, Nasou Via Afrika 2006
I wouldn’t thank you for a Valentine, Viking in UK, Henry Holt in USA
Heinemann Poetry 2 - Australia, Heinemann
Fresh Oceans, Poetry from Scottish Women, Stramullion (ground-breaking anthology)
Across the Water, Irishness in Scottish Writing, Argyll
Silent when I should be screaming, Smeddum Press
The Book of Hopes and Dreams, Thunderburst, 2006
Scottish Open Poetry Competition Winners' Anthology 94, 95, 96
After the Watergaw, Poems for Water Aid, 1999
Recurring Themes, Stirling Women Writers 1985
And in many literary and new writing magazines including
Chapman, Cencrastus, Acid Angel, Cutting Teeth, Radical Scotland, Seam, The Stinging Fly,
Scottish Child, Skinklin Star, Deliberately Thirsty, Northwords, Northlight.
Poems have also appeared in The Scotsman and The Herald
POEMS FOR KIDS & TEENS appear in
Don't Panic – 100 Poems to Save your Life, Macmillan
Scottish Poems, Macmillan 2001
Parents Keep Out, Macmillan 2000
My Mum’s a Punk, ALCS (with teaching notes)
The Thing that Mattered, Poetry for Children, The Scottish Poetry Library 2006
The Herald CD and Website for Scottish Secondary Schools 2000
The Scottish Poetry Library Website children’s section, and poetry in translation section
See you, see me. Booklet produced as part of REBELLAND exhibition at GoMA.
POEMS FEATURED ON
The Scottish Arts Council Website Poem of the Month October 2007
The Scottish Arts Council official Christmas card 2004 snowflake
Amnesty International/Big Issue postcard 2005 Bonsai Wife 2006
National Poetry Day official poetry postcard 2006 My dad says..
National Poetry Day official poetry postcard 2000 Just Like Eve
National Poetry Day official poetry postcard 2002 Greylag Geese
Scottish Poetry Library/Institut Francais Translations Dec. 2003
Featured poet in Scottish Child’s fifth anniversary issue
TV, FILM & RADIO
With co-writer Ian Macpherson the screenplay Strictly Business was a finalist in Scottish Screen’s New Found Films in 2005.
Her short filmscript, falling, was a Tartan Shorts finalist in 2006.
Ian and Magi’s play One Foot in the Cuckoo’s Nest, was broadcast on BBC Radio Four in February 2006 and again in 2007.
Co-written TV sitcom, Byron’s Women, Two episodes commissioned by BBC Scotland Dec 05.
Caroline Walsh, David Higham Literary Agency, London