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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, will be published by Linen Press in early 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)
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‘Almost Then’ to be published in early 2021.

I’m delighted to announce that Linen Press has signed my second novel, Almost Then, and will publish it in early 2021. Almost Then belongs to twin sister and brother Rathlin and Breacàn Doherty. Despite their closeness, the twins have carved out lives in isolation of one other, having reacted differently to the same childhood tragedy.  They… Continue reading ‘Almost Then’ to be published in early  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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“We sat still, our breathing loud and rhythmic, its music melancholy, a traditional song of sorrow.”
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