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Ruby McCann is a Glasgow poet, writer, playwright, and creative writing tutor.
In Glasgow West End: Pat’s Guide
Ruby has won numerous awards including the Mary Boyle McCrory Award for Excellence in Creative Writing (Washington, DC 2004). Her work has featured in magazines, anthologies and in film and Ruby has performed her work at numerous festivals including Aye Write.
Apart from her own writing, Ruby has initiated and been involved in numerous projects encouraging and supporting other writers in their creativity and organising performance showcases. In America she worked with young playwrights and ran numerous creative writing workshops. Back in Scotland she was the first writer in residence at Glenochil prison and worked with prisoners at other Scottish prisons including Friarton and H.M.P. Perth. Ruby was chair of the Scottish Writers Centre from 2014 – 2017, successfully applying for funding and firmly establishing this facility in Glasgow. She went on to found Cheeky Besom’s Glasgow Literary Lounge in Glasgow’s East End along with fellow poet Jim Ferguson and artist Louise Malone: ‘making and creating, for the love of the literary arts and culture’, the artistic collective went from strength to strength with its well attended, vibrant and imaginative events; showcasing the talents of newcomers alongside a diverse range of more established writers and poets including Christie Williamson, Samina Chaudry and Carla Woodburn. Ruby’s energy, commitment and skill has seen her contributing to a wide range of artistic endeavours; she wrote and narrated a film script to celebrate Paisley Central Library (2018) and contributed to the Eilean Nam Bam project: an exhibition celebrating the extra-ordinary lives of ordinary women (London 2018 & 2019). In 2020 Ruby expanded into publishing, founding Rymour Books –an independent Scottish publisher, along with Ian Spring. In 2021 [February, 2021: Rymour Books was one of seven Scottish publishers shortlisted for The British Book Awards Small Press of the Year award!]
Ruby is currently working on her own poetry collection.
Learn more about Ruby’s writing and her work in the world of literature: Pat chats with Ruby McCann on the Podcast: Jim and Pat’s West End Chat.