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, in 2017.  She incorporates her extraordinary music-making into her poetry readings.  The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless was published by Bloodaxe in October 2016.  Her next collection, The Gaelic Garden of the Dead, is forthcoming in February 2019.



Thursday 14th June 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Golden Hare Books, 68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ, 

Hear Hare Here #11: Calum Roger, Gerry Loose, Kirsten Norrie

Tickets £5

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Thursday 28 June 2018, 7.30pm, The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD

Tottering State: A Celebration of Lee Harwood and Tom Raworth

An evening of poetry featuring Chris McCabe, MacGillivray, Iain Sinclair and Jeremy Reed with The Ginger Light.


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Kirsten Norrie in conversation with John Robb.  Click here to view.


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

[12 June 2018]

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