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Margot McCuaig

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My debut novel The Birds That Never Flew was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and published by Thunderpoint. It was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. My second novel, The Road End, was completed in spring 2018 and will soon be looking for a home. I am also an award-winning filmmaker, writing and directing documentaries, leading to two RTS awards for best film. My work has taken me to lots of amazing places and I've met loads of extraordinary people but I'm at my happiest at home on Rathlin Island.

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Margot McCuaig I'm not so sure there is such a thing, I think the issue, when there is one, is a creativity block or confidence block. We can always write, one word,…moreI'm not so sure there is such a thing, I think the issue, when there is one, is a creativity block or confidence block. We can always write, one word, then another, or tinker with words you've already written so you can draw yourself back in, and subsequently unblock the 'creativity' block. It's important not to be drawn in to thinking there's an issue, love what you have or hate it if you need to and do some work on it, you'll soon be back on your game.(less)
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Billy McNeill; in celebration of the life of a legend.

Last Saturday, 10th of August, I was honoured to participate in an event at the inaugural Govanhill Book Festival, taking place within the broader framework of the successful Govanhill International Festival and Carnival,now in its third year. The event was billed as A Tribute To Football Legend Billy McNeill and it certainly was with fantastic contributions… Continue reading Billy McNeill; in... Read more of this blog post »
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“Anything could happen in the company of a woman whose usual status is ‘apparition’.”
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“When you least expect it, you run in to an old friend from school, or the neighbour’s cat, not Mary the Virgin Mother of God.”
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“We sat still, our breathing loud and rhythmic, its music melancholy, a traditional song of sorrow.”
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“Anything could happen in the company of a woman whose usual status is ‘apparition’.”
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“When you least expect it, you run in to an old friend from school, or the neighbour’s cat, not Mary the Virgin Mother of God.”
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“We sat still, our breathing loud and rhythmic, its music melancholy, a traditional song of sorrow.”
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