New Writers Awards 2017: Ciara MacLaverty


Ciara MacLaverty was born in Belfast, grew up on Islay and lives in Glasgow. She made it on to the Scottish Poem of the Year List in 2006 with a poem from her first pamphlet, Seats for Landing.Ciara attended the Orkney Writer’s Course 2015 and was among the 12 poets to write a commemorative poem for Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in the same year.

Her poems have appeared in The Scotsman, New Writing Scotland and Gutter. She is currently a mentee in Clydebuilt 2015-16. She blogs about motherhood and writing here.


Writing sample


And Now It’s Here:

this first time, aged eight
when he knows more
about my phone than I do
and he’s able to tell me
that the apps with a cross on them
can be deleted, but the other ones can’t.
I tell him there must be a way -
there’s a way for everything in the end,
but he taps the icon
to stop it wobbling
and it lies flat on the home screen
covering part of his head
in the younger screenshot of him
I keep meaning to update.


Ciara says:

"The Award is a massive encouragement to me, just when I needed it most. Can I admit that I was starting to lose faith?! It will be a great springboard to let me fence off writing time and keep going. I love that the award is not ‘age-ist’ and new writers can be from any decade.

I feel honoured and grateful. I’m really looking forward to working with Scottish Book Trust."