MacGillivray Readings

MacGillivray Readings

MacGillivray is the Highland name of Scottish writer, artist and musician K.M. Norrie. Her second poetry book The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless, set in a phantasmagorical landscape, part Scottish, part mythical, is taken from an account of the infamous Duke of Cumberland, known as ‘the Butcher’, who ordered that no quarter be given the Highlanders after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and purportedly wrote the command on the back of a playing card – the nine of diamonds.The book was influenced by direct experience, including MacGillivray finding the cave at Elgol in which Bonnie Prince Charlie took shelter during his last night on the Isle of Skye, and being submerged within a waterfall at a Clearance Village on the island.

MacGillivray was shortlisted for New Music Performer of the Year, one of the New Music Scotland Awards.  She incorporates her extraordinary music-making into her poetry readings.  She will be giving readings from The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless at festivals throughout the year.




10 June 2017, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, 7-8.30pm

Bloodaxe Poets Showcase

Four Scottish poets published by Bloodaxe read together at the SPL. They are Tracey Herd, Miriam Nash, Cheryl Follon and MacGillivray.

Tracey Herd has published three collections with Bloodaxe. Her latest is Not in This World (2015), a Poetry Book Society Choice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.  Miriam Nash publishes her debut collection All the Prayers in the House in June.   Cheryl Follon has published three collections on Bloodaxe, the latest of which is Santiago (2017).  MacGillivray's second poetry book The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless was published by Bloodaxe in October 2016.

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20 August 2017, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 5pm, Writers' Retreat

MacGillivrary will be reading at EIBF alongside Courtney Sina Meredith.

Further details to follow.


Click here to read an interview with MacGillivray in connection with her appearance at Newcastle Poetry Festival in May 2017.


View trailer for The Nine of Diamonds, shot on the Isle of Skye

View film of MacGillivray reading poems from the book

[11 May 2017]

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