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My first novel was Ellen and Arbor (2020) and my second will be The Rowan Tree (Valley Press, 11th May 2023, available to preorder from Waterstones, WH Smith, and Amazon).


My writing has been published by New Writing Scotland, The Scottish Poetry Library, Glasgow Women's Library, Gutter Magazine, Scottish PEN, the Federation of Writers Scotland, Postbox Magazine, Speculative Books, Edinburgh Literary Salon, The Young Women's Movement, South Lanarkshire Libraries, DREICH, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, Skirting Around, Arkana, BlueHouse Journal, Coin-Operated Press, Tipping the Scales, -algia and others. I have been shortlisted for a Vogue Magazine Young Talent Award, selected as an Editor's Choice for the John Byrne Award and twice winner of the Glasgow Women's Library Poetry Prize. In 2020, my short story 'The Wordsworth Women' won second prize in the Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox competition and in 2021 I hosted 'Verses and Violets: Taking Pride in Queer Women Poets' at the Scottish Poetry Library, encouraging engagement with the creative voices of women too long kept silent in history. I was also honoured to be a Non-Fiction judge for the Scottish National Book Awards 2021 and 2022, and to present my category's awards at the 2021 national ceremony.  

My paintings have been purchased by clients in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Spain, Romania, Germany and Belgium, as well as around the UK. In 2019, Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart won the People's Choice Award at Scotland's National Museum of Rural Life's first Summer Art Challenge.


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Kirsten MacQuarrie

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