Colin McGuire is a poet and performer from Glasgow, who lives in Edinburgh, who has written and performed relentlessly, building a reputation as a dynamic, engaging performer and poet. He is also an ESOL teacher, teaching english young learners and adults from across Europe and the world, and is currently working with Syrian refugees.


He is the author of three collections. 'Everybody lie down and no one gets hurt,' (Red Squirrel Press, 2013), and his first full collection, 'As I sit quietly, I begin to smell burning,' (Red Squirrel Press, 2014) and 'Enhanced fool disclosure' (Speculative Books, 2018).


He has performed in countless poetry cabarets and slam performances across Scotland and the U.K., winning the Shore Poets Quiet Slam in 2014, and the Luminate Slam 2015 and he got to the semi-final in the BBC Fringe Slam in 2013. He has facilitated the Artcore: Writers Inc Group at Edinburgh Central Library in 2016. He won the Out:spoken award for the 'film poetry' category and best poetry overall in London in 2018.


McGuire has also created a long-form spoken-word threate piece 'The Wake-up call' which has been performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Lyceum and at the Hidden Door festival in Edinburgh 2018.


He is currently studying and teaching mindfulness meditation.

Colin is available for author visits, talks and workshops at your library, school, college, university, writers’ workshop, or other group. As a member of Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature database, you can apply for funding to cover half the cost of Colin's visit. For other types or lengths of event, please email me.