MacGillivray shortlisted for New Music Performer of the Year

MacGillivray shortlisted for New Music Performer of the Year

Poet, artist and musician 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 her new poetry book The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless at Aye Write! festival in Glasgow on 17 March, at Newcastle Poetry Festival on 10 May and at other festivals later in the year.  Click here for details.

The Janice Forsyth Show, BBC Radio Scotland, Tuesday 31 January 2017, 2pm

'Live music and poetry from the multi-talented MacGillivray'

MacGillivray was interviewed live on The Janice Forsyth Show on 31 January. The interview was pegged to her having been shortlisted for New Music Performer of the Year, to her recent Bloodaxe collection The Nine of Diamonds, and her forthcoming reading tour and festival appearances. 

MacGillivray sang two of her own songs, described as ‘Spine-tingling stuff’.  She talked about her new poetry book The Nine of Diamonds, and read the poem ‘Last night: I open the door’ (VIV, Pace 3) from it.

(Available for 30 days after broadcast.  Interview from 33.07, poetry discussed from 42.40)

Click here to listen 


MacGillivray is the Highland name of Scottish writer, artist and musician K.M. Norrie. The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless, her second poetry collection, was published by Bloodaxe in October 2016. Set in a phantasmagorical landscape, part Scottish, part mythical, it 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.

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

View film of MacGillivray reading poems from the book

[01 February 2017]

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