Australian writer and musician Mandy Macdonald lives in Aberdeen, Scotland, trying to make sense of the 21st century – an increasingly difficult task. Her poems appear in anthologies from Arachne Press, Grey Hen Press, Luath Press, and others, and in print and online journals, most recently Poetry Scotland 101, Dreich Magazine, Gyroscope Review, The Adriatic, and Green Ink. Mandy writes in the hope that poetry can change the world, even a little.
A number of Mandy’s poems have been performed as part of Arachne’s Solstice Shorts Festivals, and published in their respective anthologies, including Gloaming, which was performed at Ellon, at Dusk on the 21st December 2017 and published in the Dusk anthology on 21st June 2018; her poem Arthur Streeton Advises his Students, performed at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Carlisle and London on 21st December 2018 and published in the Noon anthology. Her poems for Time and Time, Solstice Shorts Festival 2019 were performed at Greenwich, Maryport, Peterhead (Frocks of Passage) and Clydebank, Greenwich, Lisbon (Half a Dozen Oranges) and published in the Time and Tide anthology; and her poem After Before is published in our 2021 Solstice Shorts anthology Words From the Brink.