has published three collections of poetry: "Far From Home,"
(Lapwing, Belfast, 2004), "Eating Thistles," (Smokestack Books, Ripon,
2019), and "DÓin nan D¨il," (CL└R, Inverness, 2019.)
Her stories and
poems have appeared in a number of periodicals and anthologies in the
United Kingdom and Ireland, among them Cyphers, P.N. Review, The
SHOp, Stand, and the 2011 edition of "Poems of the Decade,"
an anthology of "highlights from the past ten years...of the
Forward Poetry Prizes."
2019, Deborah won the Federation of Scottish Writers Vernal Equinox
Competition (Gaelic Poetry), and won third prize in the inaugural
Sister Margaret MacDonell Prize in Gaelic Poetry. In 2017, Deborah
won the Duais BÓrdachd MacDh˛mhnaill ShlŔite, for the second year in a
2016, she won the Wigtown Poetry Competition (Gaelic section) and
the Duais BÓrdachd MacDh˛mhnaill ShlŔite. She also was a
runner-up in the Words in the Waves Competition (Galway). In
2015, she won
the Words on the Waves Award
and the Wigtown Poetry Prize (Gaelic category). In 2014, she took
second prize in the Gaelic section of the Baker Prize, and was one of
four Highly Commended prize winners in the Gaelic section of the
Wigtown Poetry competition. In 2013, she won the Baker
Prize for poetry in English.
following is a
complete list of the journals in which Deborah's poems have been
published: Acumen (Brixham), Agenda (Mayfield, East Sussex),
Causeway/Cabhsair (Aberdeen), Cencrastus (Edinburgh), Crannog
(Galway), Cyphers (Dublin), Flaming Arrows (Sligo), Fortnight
(Belfast), the Frogmore Papers (Lewes), Gutter (Glasgow), The Interpreter's House, Irish Pages (Belfast), New
Edinburgh Review (Edinburgh), New Statesman and Society (London),
Northern Lights (Hanover, New Hampshire), Northlight (Glasgow),
Northwords (Dingwall), Northwords NOW (Dunblane), Oasis (London),
Orbis (Nuneaton/Wirral), Other Poetry (Newcastle), Pennine Platform
(Bradford), The Poet's Republic (Stonehaven), Poetry Salzburg
Review (Salzburg), Poetry Scotland (Callander), Revival (Limerick),
The Scotsman (Edinburgh), The Shop (Schull), Southlight (Annan), Stand
(Leeds), Steall (Inverness), The
Steeple (Cork), the Stony Thursday Book (Limerick), Verse (St.
Andrews), The Warwick Review, and Writing Women (Newcastle).
Her work has also
appeared in the following anthologies: "The Golden Goose Hour:
the First Shore Poets Anthology" (Taranis Books), "The
Forward Book of Poetry 2010" (Forward/Faber), and "Poems of
the Decade; an anthology of the Forward books of poetry 2002-2011"
(Forward/Faber), "Words on the Waves Anthology 2015,"
In 1986 three of her
stories were published in "Faber’s First Fictions:
Introductions 9". Her fiction has appeared in three other
anthologies: "Soho Square" (Bloomsbury), "Scottish
Short Stories 1991" (HarperCollins), and "Short Circuits"
(Virago). Her stories have also appeared in Chapman (Edinburgh),
Company (London), Cosmopolitan (London), Critical Quarterly
(Manchester), Krino (Dublin), Passages (Belfast), P.N Review
(Manchester), Stet (Cork) and West Coast Magazine (Glasgow).
She received a
Bursary Award of ú5,000 from the Scottish Arts Council in 1986.