Originally from Kilsyth in central Scotland, Magi has lived and worked for much of her life in and around Callander and Stirling. For the last twelve years she has been back in Glasgow where she originally studied for a degree in French and German Literature at Glasgow University. She has held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships, a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship, and was the first Makar of the City of Stirling in 500 years. Her sequence, The Senile Dimension, won the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 Writing Prize, and in 2009 she received a major Scottish Arts Council bursary. She was Writer in Residence with the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow in 2007, and Reader in Residence with Glasgow Women’s Library from 2012 – 2105. She founded and runs Wild Women Writing Workshops, popular in Scotland and Ireland.
She has had four full length collections published, the most recent beingWashing Hugh MacDiarmid’s Socks (Luath, 2017). She also has a joint collection, Strange Fish with Helen Lamb, and a pamphlet, Premier Results, with Brian Whittingham. Poems appear in many anthologies, from Modern Scottish Women Poets (Canongate, 2000) to The Butterfly Rammy (Common Weal, 2015). Her poems have featured as an SAC Poem of the Month, SAC Christmas card 2004, Amnesty International/Big Issue postcard, and as three National Poetry Day poetry postcards in Scotland. She has written poetry for children, and three novels for older children, published by Puffin. Her play, Our Boys, received a Tom MacGrath Award in 2016.