MacGillivray Launch Readings
MacGillivray is the Highland name of Scottish writer, artist and musician Kirsten Norrie.
MacGillivray was shortlisted for New Music Performer of the Year, one of the New Music Scotland Awards, in 2017. She incorporates her extraordinary music-making into her poetry readings. Her second collection, The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless, was published by Bloodaxe in October 2016. Her next collection, The Gaelic Garden of the Dead, is published on 21 February 2019.
LAUNCH READINGS IN LONDON, EDINBURGH & OXFORD
Hayward Gallery Cafe, Southbank Centre, London, Wednesday 27 February 2019, 7pm
National Poetry Library Lates
The first of the new National Poetry Library Late series, to be held in the newly refurbished Hayward Gallery Cafe, will feature Bloodaxe poets Hannah Lowe and MacGillivray along with Theresa Lola.
Hannah Lowe has published two collections with Bloodaxe. Her new pamphlet The Neighbourhood (Outspoken Press, January 2019) asks what a neighbour is. What makes a community? In this themed collection, Lowe focuses on a small urban district, and finds a rich complexity of neighbourliness under extreme pressure. Nowhere is more at stake than the circle of home the author draws around her infant son, who must learn the fragile meanings of the neighbourhood.
Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, events programmer and workshop facilitator. She is the joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize and 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize.
Writer and artist MacGillivray’s new publication, The Gaelic Garden of the Dead (Bloodaxe, February 2019) is three Books of the Dead bound as one. This trilogy comprises an alphabet of trees spoken as witness to a Highland hanging, ten pattern poetry dream diagrams and thirty-five death sonnets deconstructed to Mary Queen of Scots.
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Friday 1st March 2019, 7-8.30pm, The Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
5 Crichton's Close Edinburgh, EH8 8DT
Launch: MacGillivray, The Gaelic Garden of the Dead
Poet and performance artist MacGillivray will be launching her third collection, The Gaelic Garden of the Dead (Bloodaxe Books) at this free event (further line-up TBC). The collection, described as ‘songs of fierce tenderness and subtle cruelty’ by Iain Sinclair, is three Books of the Dead bound as one; a trilogy comprises an alphabet of trees spoken as witness to a Highland hanging, ten pattern poetry dream diagrams and thirty-five death sonnets deconstructed to Mary Queen of Scots.
For more information, see: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/event/launch-macgillivray-the-gaelic-garden-of-the-dead/
Tuesday 5th March 2019, 6.30-7.30pm, Waterstones Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AF
Event hosted by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.
MacGillivray will be reading with Irish poet Niall McDevitt.
Wednesday 6th March 2019, 7.30-9pm,The Horse Hospital, London
Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD
The Gaelic Garden of the Dead by MacGillivray (Launch)
London launch for MacGillivray's third collection.
The evening will include readings from poets Chris McCabe, Jeremy Reed, Niall McDevitt and A.R. Thompson.
£5 on the door. Doors open 7pm.
A film of Kirsten Norrie in conversation with John Robb about her work can be seen here.
Click here to read an interview with MacGillivray in connection with her appearance at Newcastle Poetry Festival in May 2017.
[14 February 2019]