loves family history, winding it into lyrical poems in print and online journals such as Ink Sweat &Tears, Prole, Spelt, Southlight and in several anthologies, including ‘MeToo’ and ‘Bloody Amazing!’, both winners of Sabotage Awards. Her pamphlet The Heart of the Run was published by Picaroon Poetry in 2018 and her collection A West Coast Psalter, Kelsay Books in 2021. The Poetry Archive WordView 2020 awarded her poem ‘How to Distil a Guid Scotch Malt’ a place in the permanent collection. She is a MA poetry graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and a reviewer for Sphinx Review.
Something beginning with earth
Maggie Mackay reviews Desperate Fishwives by Lindsay Macgregor (Molecular Press, Geneva, 2022)
Your gift living on in cracked pots carried from garden to garden
Maggie Mackay reviews The Doll's Hospital by Jenny Robb (Yaffle, 2022)
Woods, words, a sword of spells bunched up on a larch
Maggie Mackay reviews Shelling Peas with My Grandmother in the Gorgiolands by Sarah Wimbush (Bloodaxe, 2022)
What does Maggie Mackay say?
I found poetry through the Open University creative writing courses which I studied after retirement from teaching ...
Three pamphlets: Sarah Mnatzaganian, Judi Sutherland and Hugo Williams
Matthew Paul reviews Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter by Sarah Mnatzaganian, Maggie Mackay reviews Following Teisa by Judi Sutherland and Hilary Menos reviews Badlands by Hugo Williams
Four thrilling new worlds
Maggie Mackay looks at the four winning pamphlets of The Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition 2021