THE GAELIC GARDEN

OF THE DEAD

PUBLISHED 21ST FEBRUARY 2019
BY BLOODAXE BOOKS
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A B O U T

   Kirsten Norrie is a writer who publishes poetry under her matrilineal name, MacGillivray and fiction and non-fiction. Published by Bloodaxe in the UK and Red Hen in the US, she is the author of three poetry collections; The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless, 2016 and The Gaelic Garden of the Dead (Bloodaxe) and The Last Wolf of Scotland (Red Hen). Educated at the University of Oxford, she has received numerous awards for her work which has appeared on BBC Radio 3, Late Junction and The Verb. Her poetry has been published and reviewed in journals and magazines including Magma, Be the First to Like This, 50 British Poets under 50, Modern Poetry in Translation, the Scotsman, Blackwell's 140th Birthday Pamphlet. In 2020 MIT/Strange Attractor will publish Scottish Lost Boys: Seven Renegade Essays and she is currently working on her first novel The Man With Fourteen Lives.

Poet MacGillivray, Kirsten Norrie
 

   'CATASTROPHES, from the battles of Catreath and Maldon to the Light Brigade, make for better poetry. In recent times, the writer and artist Kirsten Norrie, in the persona of MacGillivray, honours this tradition, the heady plunge into 'nutrient slaughter', with The Nine of Diamonds, a savage riposte to Culloden, conjured from tarot cards. 'I stand behind a waterfall,' MacGillivray said, 'comprised of frozen blood.'

   When Edith the swan pedalo was hurled back by raging October seas in Hastings, MacGillivray's keenings stilled the waves. Later, she took to the English roads in the black velvet of John Clare's burnt muse, Mary Joyce. 'Blood makes me the ghost.' The colophon of her publisher, Bloodaxe Books, shows a helmeted Viking warrior, shield, axe and apron-skirt, rushing to annihilation.' - Iain Sinclair, The Last London.

P  U  B  L  I  C  A  T  I  O  N  S
 

   "MacGillivray’s The Gaelic Garden Of The Dead is magnificent. You are holding in your hands a spell of sibylline leaves."

Ishion Hutchinson,

Poet, Faber & Faber

 
 
E  V  E  N  T  S

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8TH AUGUST, COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE

29TH-31ST JULY, ORAN BAGRAIDH TOUR TO BELFAST

14TH JULY, IDLER FESTIVAL, HAMPSTEAD WITH NEW RIVER PRESS

21ST JUNE, MODERN POETRY IN TRANSLATION WITH NEU REEKIE!EDINBURGH

7TH JUNE, STOKE NEWINGTON LITERARY FESTIVAL, LONDON 

13TH MARCH - 10TH APRIL, JAN MICHALSKI FONDATION, SWITZERLAND

MARCH 6TH GAELIC GARDEN OF THE DEAD TOUR, HORSE HOSPITAL, LONDON

MARCH 5TH GAELIC GARDEN OF THE DEAD TOUR, WATERSTONES, OXFORD

MARCH 1ST GAELIC GARDEN OF THE DEAD TOUR, SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY

27TH FEBRUARY, GAELIC GARDEN OF THE DEAD TOUR, SOUTHBANK CENTRE WITH HANNAH LOWE

13TH FEBRUARY, CELEBRATION OF JOHN ASHBERY, THE HORSE HOSPITAL LONDON

2ND FEBRUARY, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, GLASGOW

 

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5TH DECEMBER, LIVONIAN LITERATURE EVENT, THE NATIONAL POETRY LIBRARY, SOUTHBANK

15TH NOVEMBER, READING FOR OXFORD UNIVERSITY POETRY SOCIETY

1ST NOVEMBER, POETS' HOUSE, NYC

21ST SEPTEMBER, HERLAND, FOR MARGARET TAIT, GLASGOW WOMEN'S LIBRARY

15TH-21ST SEPTEMBER, ORAN BAGRAIDH

28TH JUNE, READING WITH IAIN SINCLAIR & JEREMY REED FOR TOM RAWORTH AND LEE HARWOOD, THE HORSE HOSPITAL, LONDON

14TH JUNE, GOLDEN HARE BOOKS, EDINBURGH

25TH MARCH, ASYLUM STUDIOS WITH BRIGID MAY POWER, SUFFOLK

20TH MARCH, THE HORSE HOSPITAL, LONDON WITH THE DOOMED BIRD OF PROVIDENCE AND ROBIN ALDERTON (DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA)

16TH MARCH, THE SMOKEHOUSE, IPSWICH

15TH MARCH, COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE WITH IAIN SINCLAIR

C O N T A C T
 
 
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For nonfiction enquiries please contact Jonathan Clowes Literary Agency

For poetry enquiries please contact Bloodaxe Books

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