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ScotlandsFest 2017: Women Writing Scotland

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Women Writing Scotland

Finding a voice and making it heard – the experience of three Scottish writers. Conversation and poems. With Anne Pia, Magi Gibson and Bashabi Fraser.

Language of My Choosing by Anne Pia is available from Luath Press here.
Washing Hugh MacDiarmid's Socks by Magi Gibson is available from Luath Press here.
Letters to my Mother and Other Mothers by Bashabi Fraser is available from Luath Press here.


ScotlandsFest 2017: Big thinking in a small country sparky talk, flying, debate, and discussion. Discover how Scotland's national conversation today is forging the Scotland of tomorrow. Expect the unexpected.

Anne Pia is based in Edinburgh. Born in the city, as the grandchild of Italian immigrants she was raised surrounded by the food, traditions and dialect of southern Italy. Her Italian grandmother was a major influence, whose sense of style, love of food and wise views of life Anne has passed on to her daughters – Camilla, Roberta and Sophie-Louise.

Magi Gibson grew up in a small town near Glasgow. As the coal pits closed down her horizons expanded, and she eventually realized it was okay for the local slater’s daughter to write as well as read poetry. She was joint winner of the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Poetry Prize. Her first collection was nominated for a Saltire Best First Book Award. Her poems have been widely published including in Modern Scottish Women Poets (Canongate), Scottish Love Poems (Canongate), The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry, (Edinburgh University Press), New Writing Scotland, and other anthologies

Bashabi Fraser is a critic, poet, editor, children’s writer and translator. She was born in West Bengal in India. Bashabi divides her life between the two countries she loves most – India and Britain. Professor of English Literature at Edinburgh Napier University, she is the winner of Rabindra Bharati Society Honour 2014, Women Empowered: Art and Culture Award 2010 and IAS Prize for Literary Services in Scotland 2009. She has written for many publications, has three other collections of poems in print and has been included in a number of anthologies. Bashabi has also written children’s stories as well as a shadow puppet play and a book on the Bengal Partition and is also a classical Indian dancer and choreographer. She now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and has one daughter.

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