Friday, March 31, 2006

Ten years ago today my father died. Nine years ago I dreamt he visited me. When I awoke I wrote this poem.

Golden Daffodils

A year after you died,
you appeared, alive and well
at the foot of my bed.

While my body slept, we
strolled together through the wood
behind the house.

It was good to get the chance
to tell you all the things
you’d missed since we last met.

We stopped just where the birches thin
and fields unfold in waves.
We watched as dawn clouds raced across the sky.

I left you there.

Tomorrow, I’ll take flowers to your grave,
golden daffodils you helped me gather
last night in the wood.

Your favourite flowers, you said,
with their promise of spring
their promise of re-birth.

Magi Gibson

Monday, March 27, 2006

Magi Gibson lives in Glasgow. Her poetry collections include Wild Women of a Certain Age, Graffiti in Red Lipstick, Kicking Back, and Strange Fish.

Magi has held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships. She was the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Paisley University from 2001—2003. Kicking Back was nominated for a Saltire award and Wild Women of a Certain Age is in its third print run. Her poetry sequence, The Senile Dimension, won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Poetry Prize. She was a prize winner in the Asham Short Story Competition in 2001 with Harlot Red.

With co-writer Ian Macpherson she was a finalist in Scottish Screen’s New Found Film Scheme in 2005. The full-length feature film, Strictly Business, has been optioned by Hopscotch Films. Her short filmscript, falling, was a Tartan Shorts finalist in 2006.

Ian and Magi’s play One Foot in the Cuckoo’s Nest, a rom-com for radio, was broadcast on BBC Radio Four in February 2006 and again in 2007.

Magi's series of novels for older children/young teens, Sassy Blu, will be launched by Puffin in 2009. She is represented by Caroline Walsh of David Higham Associates.

Magi's books are available from

Ian Macpherson's novel, Deep Probings, the autobiography of a genius, can be ordered from Magi through or through her website.Graffiti in Red Lipstick can also be purchased direct through Magi's website.


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