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.
FORTHCOMING READINGS AND FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
10 May 2017, Newcastle Poetry Festival, Hall 2, Sage Gateshead, 7.30-9pm
Collaborations between Musicians and Poets
Jacob Polley & John Alder; MacGillivray; Jackie Kay & Kathryn Tickell
As part of this event featuring poets and musicians, MacGillivray will be reading poems from her new collection The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless, projecting a short Gaelic fantasy film made on the Isle of Skye and performing songs in Gaelic on electric autoharp and acapella. Musicians John Alder and Kathryn Tickell will be joining poets Jacob Polley and Jackie Kay.
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, 6.30pm
MacGillivrary will be reading at EIBF alongside Luke Kennard.
Further details to follow.
[22 March 2017]