I am a writer and artist in Scotland, and hold a MLitt with distinction in Art History from the University of Glasgow. I'm also the proud Membership Officer for CILIP Scotland, listening to and advocating for our nation's librarians and information professionals.


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, The Young Women's Movement, South Lanarkshire Libraries, DREICH, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, Skirting Around, 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 to present my category's award at the national ceremony.  

My first novel was Ellen and Arbor (2020) and my second will be The Rowan Tree (Valley Press, 2023), inspired by the true story of the 'some-requited' love between poet Kathleen Raine and author-naturalist Gavin Maxwell.

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 August 2019, Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart won the People's Choice Award at the National Museum of Rural Life's first Summer Art Challenge.


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by email at glasgowgallerina@gmail.com or directly using this form.

Kirsten MacQuarrie

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