Marie Marshall

Author. Poet. Editor.

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Pitlochry drops ‘Fearie Tales’!

I Just got the word today, via Facebook, that the Winter Words festival, which is happening as usual in mid-February in the Scottish Highland town of Pitlochry, has dropped its wonderful Fearie Tales competition! My oh my this is bad news – not simply because I have been one of the most regular finalists and therefore have had a door shut on a platform for my own stories, but because the same door has been shut on short-story-writers in Scotland in general. Boo! Get the message? BOO!


On a positive note, the Winter 2019 Showcase at the zen space is now published, so go and feast your eyes on some haiku, poetry, unusual writings, and strangely contrasting artwork.


2016… 2017…

Wow, what a year for the world 2016 has been, with all the good guys checking out. Even the arguably worst person to die in 2016 was passionate about public health, public education, and anti-colonialism. I keep trying to stop myself hoping that if the carnage continues into 2017 we lose some of the bad guys too, but – hey! – I don’t like to indulge in that kind of Schadenfreude.

2017 is, as yet, an unwritten page. I do know that the Winter Words festival in Scotland has been shortened, so presumably the ‘Fearie Tales’ competition will be tougher. I have a story ready to go, as it happens.

In 2016, I suppose my major writing project was, in response to a request, to come up with a text for the ‘history’ of I Tamburisti di FIREnze for this year’s Burning Man (see previous news items here). I thought you would like to see how some of that turned out, so there follows some images of the Renaissance section of the book. Enjoy.








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Something ghostly from Shetland…

Da Trow i' da Waa

… is coming to Pitlochry on 22nd February, in the shape of my short story Da Trow i’ da Waa. It will be rounding off the prizewinning stories of this year’s ‘Fearie Tales’ competition at the Winter Words literary festival – the first of Scotland’s literary season – at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. ‘Trow’ is a word which has survived from Shetland’s Nordic past into its modern tongue (which is maybe less than a language, maybe more than a dialect, not unlike Lowland Scots), and it is roughly equivalent to the Scandinavian ‘troll’. My story is all about what happens to an author with writer’s block, who takes a cottage on the remote island of Yell, in Scotland’s most northerly archipelago.

The story will be read to an audience by Scottish actor Helen Logan. Just checking out the events for the rest of the Festival week, you could say I was on the same bill as Sir Chris Bonington, Mike McCartney, Sally Magnusson, and Neil Oliver! Here you can watch a short video about the festival and the venue.