Ross MacKay is a disabled author and playwright based in Fife, Scotland. He was the recipient of a Tom McGrath Trust Maverick Award for his writing and the William Soutar Award for Poetry 2020, with his entry receiving the most public votes and the overall award presented by lead judge, Asif Khan, director of the Scottish Poetry Library. Ross is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Bursary and is a participant of the 2023 Less is More screenwriters’ residential run by Screen Scotland.
In 2020, Ross won a global Search for A Storyteller talent competition judged by Simon Cowell. Ross’s debut novel for middle grade readers, Will and The Whisp, is published by Creative James Media. His debut picture book, Daddy’s Bad (Bed) Day, is published by Curly Tale Books.
Ross previously worked in theatre as the artistic director of puppetry company, Tortoise in a Nutshell, creating performances for audiences aged 8+. His productions toured all over the world and received prestigious awards including a Scotsman Fringe First and a Critic’s Pick from The New York Times. He is also an established puppetry director, working for numerous companies including The Royal Lyceum, Little Angel and The National Theatre of Scotland.
Ross has also worked as a magic consultant and is a former Scottish Young Magician of the Year.
Ross is currently developing original television projects. You can find him on his website here. For literary works including picture books and novels, he is represented by Lorna Hemingway at Bell Lomax Moreton.