Marcas Mac an Tuairneir (Mark Spencer Turner) writes poetry, prose, drama and journalism in Scottish Gaelic and English, and splits his time between Edinburgh and his hometown of York. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen, graduating with MA Hons Gaelic and Hispanic Studies in 2008 and MLitt Irish and Scottish Literature in 2010. He later completed his MA Television Fiction Writing in 2012 at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, where his thesis focuses on Gaelic poetry of the 21st century. He has research interests in the literatures of Scotland and Ireland, feminism, post-colonial and queer theory.

Marcas’ poetry has been published in ‘Causeway’ and in ‘Poetry Scotland’. He is the author of Deò (Grace Note Publications, 2013) and Lus na Tùise / Lavender (Bradan Press, 2016). He can be found on Facebook @MarcasMacDeo and on Twitter @Marcas_Mac .