Christine De Luca

Christine De Luca (b. 1947)
Photograph of Christine De Luca by Veronica Rocks
Christine De Luca © Veronica Rocks



Christine De Luca is a Shetland writer now living in Edinburgh. She writes her poetry in English and in Shetlandic, her mother tongue. She was appointed Edinburgh's Makar for 2014-2017.

Full Biography

Christine De Luca has published six collections of poetry in English and Shetlandic. The Shetland Library brought out the first three: Voes & Sounds (1994), Wast Wi Da Valkyries (1997), and Plain Song  (2002). The first two of these won the Shetland Literary Prize, since discontinued.  Luath Press published Parallel Worlds in 2005 and North End of Eden in 2010. Dat Trickster Sun, published by Mariscat Press in 2014, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets.

Her poetry has been translated into other languages, including a bilingual Selected, Mondes Parallèles, (éditions fédérop, 2007) which won the poetry Prix du Livre Insulaire.  Trauben published an Italian Trickster Sun as Questo sole furfante in  2015.  She has read at festivals in Norway, Finland, France, Italy and India.  In 2011 she was a guest poet at the Trois-Rivières International Festival in Canada. In turn she enjoys translating other poets into Shetlandic.

She has had fruitful collaborations across the arts, most recently with jazz musician Tommy Smith and with traditional fiddler Catriona Macdonald, and has been an active member of Shore Poets in Edinburgh for many years. Her first novel came out in 2011. She is one of the founders of Hansel Co-operative Press which was established to promote literary and artistic work in Shetland and Orkney.  She is active in promoting work with Shetland children and has written dialect stories for different age groups.

Christine De Luca was appointed Edinburgh's Makar (poet laureate) for 2014-2017.