Magi Gibson

Poet & Writer

Wild Women of a Certain Age - 21st Anniversary Edition
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“Stingingly beautiful and sharp. This hit me right where I live.” Jenny Lindsay

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Magi Gibson is a leading voice in Scottish poetry. She draws inferences from the little things in life (shopping for stationery, admiring a stranger’s hat, drinking tea with a friend) that affect the big issues in all our lives – growing older, poverty and loss. Gibson’s fresh, evocative (and sometimes provocative) writing is both modern and timeless. I Like Your Hat pulses with deep love, honesty, razor-sharp wit and humanity.

'In this radiant new collection, Magi Gibson rips up the linoleum and lays bare the world. Profound, heartrending & at times hilarious ,these are extraordinary poems from the heart of an extraordinary poet.' ALI WHITELOCK


“It catches all the qualities of Gibson’s best writing. Metaphorically juxtaposing the skeletons in her cupboard with the ghosts in her attic Gibson is a joy to read.”   Hayden Murphy, The National

" effusive and vibrant celebration of womanhood. Presented without apology or qualification, its poems are at times joyful, dignified, sorrowful, proud. To be read in the bath, or at the gym, or up a mountain; wherever it is that you are most yourself." Aoife Lyall, Aoife Lyall Reviews.

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"This collection will bring humour to your day, make your heart skip, and hit you right in the gut. The best kind of poetry." William Letford

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Magi on stage at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. Transgressive as ever.

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Magi in Sydney’s biggest book store before reading there.

More about Magi
She’s held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships and one Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellowship. She was the first Makar (Poet Laureate) of the City of Stirling in 500 years, Writer in Residence with the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow and Reader in Residence with Glasgow Women’s Library from 2012 - 2015. She is a patron of the Federation of Writers Scotland. She was co-founder of ground-breaking literary literary performance outfit, DiScomBoBuLaTe, and currently co-organises Word Jazzology with comedy writer husband, Ian Macpherson.

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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, went to a 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. Not a complete list, as she’s lost track a bit. She’s still regularly published and co-edits The Poets’ Republic. She loves reading/performing. And people love her. Why not invite her to your festival?


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