If you are interested in working with me or would like to discuss ideas for collaborations, projects or events, please do get in touch. Thank you!

Creative Workshop, Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century, PAS conference 2016

Mairi is such a great speaker and communicator and is clearly very passionate about her work.”

”Mairi’s lecture was beautifully put together and delivered, with humour - scholarly but very human. Quite unusual in many ways!
— Audience feedback, Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Research & Writing

I have contributed to academic book collections, literary journals, online and print magazines. In 2019 I joined online magazine Bella Caledonia as a monthly columnist. For a list of publications, see writing


I have been invited to give public talks and lectures as part of various programmes and festivals, including the annual Tony McManus Lecture for the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics (2018) and the Alan Bruford Memorial Lecture at Scottish International Storytelling Festival (2016). I have also been a panel guest at various events, including the Community Land Scotland conference (2018) and Celtic Connections (2017) see portfolio

Workshops & Learning

I have experience of leading workshops and working in collaboration to deliver workshops on different topics. Examples include Feisean nan Gaidheal (2019), the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore Summer School (2018), Community Land Scotland conference (2018), Planning Aid Scotland conference (2016) and the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s seasonal programme. see CV

Chairing & Hosting

I have experience of hosting conferences and chairing panel events across Scotland. These include Changin Scotland, The Saltire Society, the Radical Book Fair, the Folk Film Gathering. My chairing is relaxed, responsive and well-informed. see CV

Creative Producer

As an independent creative producer, I have organised events, projects, conferences and gatherings in academic, cultural, educational and activist contexts. My events combine exciting, hopeful and radical ideas with communal and convivial cultural experience. see portfolio


I have experience of community facilitation in creative, cultural and activist contexts and have hosted organisational development days. I have experience using the World Café methodology, Open Space Technology (OST) and Appreciative Inquiry.

Fieldwork & Community Engagement

I work with Local Voices CIC, an organisation that offers services in ethnological fieldwork, workshops, community engagement, consultancy and training. We work with a range of different social groups in communities across the country to collectively explore, document and promote aspects of local language, dialect, song, story, music and memory with a focus on revitalising those elements of local heritage and culture in a globalised age.

I have worked with a number of organisations and institutions as well as with a growing interdisciplinary network of artists, educators and practitioners, including:

Local Voices CIC (director)
The Shieling Project (director)
The University of Edinburgh
School of Scottish Studies Archives
Newbattle Abbey College
Intercultural Research Centre (IRC), Heriot-Watt University
Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland (TRACS)
Traditional Music Forum (TMF)
Scottish Storytelling Forum (SSF)
Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland (TDFS)
BEMIS Scotland
Community Land Scotland
Revive: Coalition for Grouse Moor Reform
Merkinch Nature Reserve
Planning Aid Scotland (PAS)
The Saltire Society
Architecture Fringe
Elphinstone Instititute, University of Aberdeen
Scottish Centre for Geopoetics
Folk Film Gathering
A Kind Of Seeing
Invisible Dust
Learn to Love Digital
Festivals Edinburgh
Evergreen Studio
Northscape (Highland) Ltd
Fèisean nan Gàidheal
Hands Up For Trad
Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin’
Scottish Green Party
Farr Conversations
The Ceilidh Place
National Collective