MacGillivray Readings in 2017

MacGillivray Readings in 2017

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 is on the shortlist for New Music Performer of the Year, one of the New Music Scotland Awards.  She is up against the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble and Robert Irvine. Winners are announced on 8 March 2017 at a ceremony in Glasgow. 

MacGillivray incorporates her extraordinary music-making into her poetry readings.  She is on tour in March 2017, and will be giving further readings from The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless at festivals throughout the year.

MacGillivray Tour: 8-12 March 2017

9 March: Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex, Doors open 7.30pm

10 March, 7-9pm: The Horse Hospital, London

12 March: The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

13 March: Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh



17 March 2017: Aye Write! Festival, Mitchell Library, Glasgow, 7.45-8.45pm

MacGillivray with Aonghas MacNeacail.

Major contemporary Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail and musician-poet MacGillivray present poems, film and song in Gaelic and English for this unique event.

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10 May 2017, Newcastle Poetry Festival

MacGillivray has been invited back to Newcastle. She launched The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless with an evening of film, music and poetry at Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts on 22 November 2016.  The evening began with the screening of George MacDonald's Dream, a Gaelic short film directed and scored by MacGillivray and shot on the Isle of Skye. Traditional and experimental Gaelic music featured, with MacGillivray on vocals, as well as readings from The Nine of Diamonds.


August 2017, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Date to be announced.


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

View film of MacGillivray reading poems from the book

[20 February 2017]

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