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Magi Gibson
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Magi Gibson poet

Magi Gibson lives in Glasgow.

Publications

Premier Results with Brian Whittingham  (2008)

Graffiti in Red Lipstick (Curly Snake, 2003)

Wild Women of a Certain Age (Chapman, 2000)

Strange Fish with Helen Lamb (Duende, 1997)

Kicking Back (Taranis, 1993)

Children’s Books – as Maggi Gibson

Crazy Days (Puffin 2010) Seriously Sassy Series Book 3

Pinch Me I’m Dreaming (Puffin, 2009) Seriously Sassy Series Book 2

Seriously Sassy (Puffin, 2009) Seriously Sassy Series Book 1

Magi Gibson graduated from Glasgow University with an MA in French and German language and literature and initially worked as a teacher of French and German and specialised in working with teenagers with behavioural problems.

Magi Gibson has held three Scottish Arts Council Fellowships and was Makar of the City of Stirling. In 2000 she won the Scotland on Sunday/Women Prize. Her short story, Harlot Red was a prize-winner in the 2001 Asham Short Story Competition. Magi Gibson has held several Writer in Residence posts including at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow which resulted in the Rebelland exhibition and where she also worked with a group Barlinnie Prison inmates and sculptor James MacLardie on the issue of violence against women and the resulting artwork and writings were exhibited in The Gallery of Modern Art. In 2006 Magi Gibson was involved in the Dear Diary Project with Barnardo’s and The Woman’s Library in London in 2006 assisting a group of teenagers who had survived sexual abuse to creating short diaries as art exhibits. At The Royal High School Edinburgh from 2006 to 2007, Magi Gibson was the first Live Literature Scotland Writer in Residence. During 2005 – 2006 Magi Gibson worked at the Highland Women’s Refuge to create poetry for The Book of Me which was exhibited at The National Library Edinburgh and a second project saw the creation of I am me I am free launched in Aviemore.

Magi Gibson created the format for and edited the first four issues of Pushing the Boat, a magazine of new writing and visual art from the North East of Scotland funded by Aberdeenshire Council. She was asked to create and edit the first two issues of Ironstone, a similar magazine of new writing and visual art in West Lothian.

Her children’s book Seriously Sassy was runner-up for the Lennox Book Prize, voted for by school age children in East Lothian.

“In a decade where so many authors seem to think it’s natural to sharpen their pencils with a chainsaw, Magi Gibson cuts to the empathetic nerves with a skilful scalpel. Her collection is a gutsy and passionate report from the battlefront of everyday human suffering – a successful operation of language….” The Scotsman

Official website http://magigibson.co.uk/index.html

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