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Gavin Ritchie was born and grown in Scotland. Now he lives in a forest in England. He is a poet, writer, and teacher.  A graduate of Stirling  and Strathclyde Universities, where he studied literature and film and, later, Education. He also holds a Masters, with distinction,  in Creative Writing from Napier University in Edinburgh.

His poems and short stories have been published in Fractured West Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction World, Reflex Fiction, North Magazine, Youmanity and – most recently – Bealtaine Magazine. In 2022, he won third place in the Magma Poetry Editors' Prize competition. 

In 2018, his poem  'Before you die, you grow so old' was published in the Voices Along the Road anthology, a poetry and flash fiction collection in aid of child refugees. 
 

His Lit poetry collection was shortlisted for the Over 30s First Collection Pamphlet with Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2022.  

 

Gavin has written for Edinburgh International Book Festival reviews, The Arts Journal and Ready for Aye (A political magazine in Scotland) and is now working on a speculative fiction novel entitled Graffiti.

"Gavin's stories are like a meditation on humanity, an invitation to the reader to be inside the story, to understand a perspective that you may  never imagine otherwise yet find so familiar. Within his work he offers a tender sense of beauty, even in amongst a much stronger context and at times hard subjects, made lighter for the purpose of understanding and all towards the very fact that we are all connected. He is a human author with the kind of observations that humanity needs." - 

Angelo Iudice (Founder/Youmanity)