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Ruby McCann Bio: is a Glasgow based creative working across artistic disciplines. She is a writer, poet, & playwright who has taught creative writing in the US and in Scotland and was a recent joint second winner of the Imprint Writing Award (2018) for her poem, I’m still considering. McCann holds a BA English, cum laude (2004) from Trinity Washington, DC and an MLitt  Playwrighting & Dramaturgy (University of Glasgow (2017).  

Her writing career began at the tender age of 12 years old as a senior at Cathkin High School where she won a national writing award for her poem, Billy the Pony (1975).  The winning prize was to read and being interviewed by Tiger Tim on Radio Clyde 261.  McCann has held writing residencies in the US that includes: DC Creative Writing Workshop, DC WritersCorps, and the Corcoran Museum of Art.  In theatre, she has taken plays, ‘From the Page to the Stage,’ teaching playwriting and drama as a playwright in residence, director and dramaturg for Washington, DC area theatres, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Young Playwright’s Theater. She is a recipient of the Mary Boyle McCrory Award (2004) for Excellence in Creative Writing.

As a Literature Consultant for the Cultural Alliance of Northern Virginia, she developed, administered, and facilitated Arlington County’s Moving Word and Pick-a-Poet Series, and was a judge for the Arlington Reads Annual Poetry competition. For her work with students at The Sitar Centre, she received an  award for Excellence in Education (2003) from the Senate Education Committee (Senator’s Hillary Clinton and Joe Kennedy).  

After returning to Scotland, she was the Scottish Book Trust’s first Writer-in-Residence at HMP Glenochil (2006-2008) and Reader-in-Residence at A.K. Bell Library (2008) working with prisoners at HMP Perth and YOI Friarton.  As an Education Specialist working with those living with homelessness issues, McCann developed and directed a playwriting and drama project From the Page to the Stage with funding from GRAND that resulted in the development of a script and production of Harry Crowe: Redefining the Magic (2010). She was a 2010 Clydebuilt Apprentice Poet at St Mungo’s Mirrorball. 

McCann was a recent Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre (2014-2017).  More recently, (2018) she was commissioned by Paisley Central Library to write a film script for a lost (then found) Falconer Houston film to celebrate the Paisley Library & Art Museum’s contribution to the community.  She was the editor, design & layout, and publisher for Gorbal’s Poet, Alexander Neil’s recent publication, Buds & Blossoms (Cheeky Besom Productions 2018).  Ruby is a founding member of the New East End Glasgow Literary Lounge @CaltonBar in partnership with Cheeky Besom Productions, ‘Artists with Attitude’: a Glasgow based grassroots Artists Collective.  

She has developed and directed many plays for production, and her poetry has been published in Rooftop Anthology (2018), Southlight Magazine (2018) NinetyFour Magazine (2018), The Projectionists Playground (2018), Amethyst Review, (2018), You Don’t Look British (2018), Invisible Cities Anthology, (2017), Heroin Chic (2016) Poetry Scotland (2015), Word Rhythms and many others.  Her poem, Duke Street Rhapsody published in the Scottish Book Trust’s Journeys (2015), was filmed for STV Glasgow.

If you would like to learn more about Ruby McCann and her work, please look at her websites:

Twitter:  @RubysBirl

Facebook:  @RubyMcCann, @CheekyBesom