Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MacGillivray and Niall McDevitt

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MacGillivray is the Highland name of writer Kirsten Norrie. She is the author of three books of poetry, The Last Wolf of Scotland, (Red Hen, USA); The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless (Bloodaxe); and The Gaelic Garden of the Dead (Bloodaxe, UK). Her non-fiction work, Scottish Lost Boys(writing as Kirsten Norrie), is published by Stranger Attractor/The MIT Press, Spring 2019. Her work has appeared in MagmaNew Writing ScotlandModern Poetry in Translation, the Poetry Review and '50 BritishPoets Since 1950', published by Circulo de Poesia, Mexico City as well as for Creative Scotland (Australia), the British Council (Latvia), on the BBC, the Herald and the Scotsman. In 2019 she is a Jan Michalski Fondation writer in residence, Switzerland and completing her fourth poetry collection The History of Optics: A History of Ghost. Find out more about her work here.

Irish poet Niall McDevitt lives in West London. He is the author of three critically acclaimed collections of poetry, b/wPorterloo, and Firing Slits: Jerusalem Colportage. His work appears in Wretched Strangers – an anthology of non-UK born writers; Urban Shamanism – poets from north, west, south and east London; Diamond Cutters – poets in Britain, America and Oceania; and the STRIKE! Anthology. He is a walking artist who specialises in the historic poets of London, particularly Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud/Yeats. He blogs at poetopography.wordpress.com His book Babylon (a neoliberal theodicy) is forthcoming from New River Press.