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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, Almost Then, was published by Linen Press on 1st April 2021.

I am also an award-winning filmmaker, writing and directing documentaries, leading to three 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)
Margot McCuaig Losing yourself in the narrative and finding something wonderful happening, a whole new world emerging from your inner-being. When the writing is goin…moreLosing yourself in the narrative and finding something wonderful happening, a whole new world emerging from your inner-being. When the writing is going well there's nothing quite like that feeling of excitement and satisfaction. Invariably though there are loads of crap times too but they are SO worth it just to feel the creativity bubble to the surface and take control. It's like magic. It is magic.(less)
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It’s been an incredibly busy year with work and family commitments and consequently it has been forever since I had the opportunity to pick up the first draft of my third novel. 9 months perhaps, maybe more? I’m not sure, I’m writing the novel on Scrivener (I’m in the love it camp) and I’m not… Continue reading Writing stranger. Read more of this blog post »
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What a beautifully written but stark memoir. Donna McLean’s reflection of discovering she had been living a lie with the man she loved (and thought loved her) who was in reality an undercover “spycop” is shocking. That the state could sanction such b ...more
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I really loved Karen Campbell’s gorgeous novel Paper Cup. Kelly, a seemingly down and out homeless alcoholic with no substance and a disturbing past is so much more than this and her true worth is revealed as the story builds. She is such a powerful ...more
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“Anything could happen in the company of a woman whose usual status is ‘apparition’.”
Margot McCuaig, The Birds That Never Flew

“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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