Margot McCuaig is a writer, a filmmaker, a mother and a grandmother. Her debut novel, The Birds That Never Flew, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012 and longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2014.

She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, picking up Royal Television Society Scotland awards for her films about Jock Stein, Jim Baxter and Tommy Burns, while there have been numerous other excellent documentaries, most recently one on the only Scottish footballer to win the World Cup, Rose Reilly, and a moving film on the former British Number One tennis player, Elena Baltacha, who sadly died in 2014 at the age of just 30.

And her latest project is a film about the remarkable football success story that is the Glasgow City women’s team.

On her website, Margot also states that ‘I made two children who are now making children too. That’s the biggest achievement of all.’

She divides her time between Glasgow, Scotland and Rathlin Island, Ireland.

Listen to Margot McCuaig on the Read All About It podcast HERE


1. Favourite book from childhood
The Secret Island, Enid Blyton

2. Favourite book from school/university/teenage years
Ode to a Nightingale, a poem by John Keats

3. A book you’d recommend to anyone
The Valley at the Centre of the World by Malachy Tallack

4. A book you couldn’t be paid to read again
A Journey, My Political Life, Tony Blair

5. The last book you read or are currently reading
– Last Book: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
– Currently reading Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie