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My writing has been published by New Writing Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library, Gutter Magazine, Scottish PEN, the Women's History Network, Bluestocking Oxford, Glasgow Women's Library, the Federation of Writers Scotland, Postbox Magazine, Speculative Books, Edinburgh Literary Salon, Stand Magazine, the Young Women's Movement, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, DREICH, Skirting Around, Tipping the Scales, -algia, Abridged 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.

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At the Soutar Festival 2023 (photo courtesy of Culture Perth and Kinross).

My short story 'The Wordsworth Women' won second prize in the Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox 2020. In 2021, I hosted 'Verses and Violets: Taking Pride in Queer Women Poets' at the Scottish Poetry Library, returning in 2023 to co-host SPL's Nothing But the Poem LGBTQ+ History Month event and podcast. I have also served twice as a Non-Fiction judge for Scotland's National Book Awards, presenting my category's award at the national ceremony.  

You can download my full literary CV here.

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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