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Mairi Kidd

Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing
Telephone 0131 523 0053

Areas of responsibility

Mairi leads on Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland, working with individual writers, publishers and literary organisations to support Scotland’s vibrant ecology of books and writing. The literature team work with individual writers and storytellers in a plethora of forms, and in all of Scotland’s languages, at every stage of their careers.

Background and experience

Mairi was formerly Managing Director of Barrington Stoke, an award-winning Scottish independent publisher specialising in accessible fiction titles for children and young people, where her stellar roster of authors and illustrators included UK Children’s Laureates Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake, Malorie Blackman, Anne Fine and Chris Riddell. She has a particular commitment to breaking down barriers to reading and promoting equalities in publishing and has spoken and written on publishing philosophy, inclusive design and editorial approaches in the media and at festivals including Hay, Cheltenham and Edinburgh. She has lectured in publishing at the University of Stirling and has provided consultancy on EDI and publishing practice to a range of clients including Amnesty International UK.

Mairi is a fluent Gaelic speaker with an MA Honours degree in Celtic Studies from Edinburgh University. She was CEO of Stòrlann, the National Gaelic Education Resource Agency, where she worked with Scottish Government, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and local authorities across the country to design and deliver an extensive programme of classroom resources, professional development and other services for the statutory education sector. She has an ongoing interest in languages and translation, and especially development in minority and indigenous language contexts. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s books coverage and writes for broadcast, most recently contributing to Gaelic comedy series FUNC.