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
Saturday 1 July 2017, Ledbury Poetry Festival, 8-10.30pm
An evening of Poetry and Song with Grace Petrie and MacGillivray.
Sunday 20 August 2017, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 5pm-6pm, Writers' Retreat
Reshuffling the Pack: MacGillivray & Courtney Sina Meredith
MacGillivray and Courtney Sina Meredith are contemporary poets who play with the past and toy with tradition to create dynamic, daring new poetry and stories. MacGillivray’s The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless reinterprets the story of the nine of diamonds, the 'Curse of Scotland'. Courtney Sina Meredith is a New Zealand poet, fiction writer and musician, whose writing interrogates contemporary urban life against her Samoan, Mangaian and Irish descent.
Click here to read an interview with MacGillivray in connection with her appearance at Newcastle Poetry Festival in May 2017.
[28 June 2017]