Published by Ringwood in 2017. Human drama meets political activism (on both sides)! A novel set in Glasgow’s East End during the Scottish independence referendum campaign of 2014. Endorsed by broadcaster Billy Kay, author and historian Elspeth King and former Minister for Culture Linda Fabiani.
Interview with the author about Two Closes and a Referendum
First edition published by Argyll in 2012.
Ringwood plan to bring out a new edition.
Stirring the Dust: Herald Book of the Week
A novel on a psychic theme published by Argyll (with support from the Scottish Arts Council) in 1994. To be re-issued by Ringwood.
From Ringwood Meet the Author Interview
Streets Schemes and Stages – Social Work’s Year of the Arts
Co-written with Ewan McVicar. In 1990 Glasgow was European Capital of Culture. This illustrated book describing Social Work’s contribution is still a mainstay on academic bibliographies.
–Joyce McMillan (reviewer and journalist)
Die zauberhafte Reise
This children’s novella published in 1985 in translation by Schneider Verlag sold over 35,000 hardback copies.
Other published work (some examples below)
Dozens of poems and short stories (in English, Scots and Gaelic) have been published in anthologies and in literary journals such as Chapman and Edinburgh Review. Also feature articles in newspapers (Herald, Daily Record, Times Educational Supplement) and magazines. Mary has occasionally read her work on radio.
She carried out the research for Alasdair Gray’s 2014 book Independence
She contributed a chapter of Growing and Dying (book about the work of Janet Paisley, ed. Linda Jackson, pub.2018)
Comin Back ower the Border Scottish Arts Council Poem of the Month Feb 2005. Also anthologised in Rotten English (ed. Dohra Ahmad pub. Norton) and in Lallans Hairst 2004
Walking the Tock An odyssey through insomnia! Appeared on Scottish Refugee Council website. Then in Nuestra Voz Notre Voix Our Voice (PEN International 2008)
Eòrpa Pub. in Gaelic in Poetry Scotland #16 (2001) and in English as Scotland into Europe in Chapman 100/101 (2002)
Tap Table Poem in Scots on similar theme to Scotland in Europe. Lallans #73 (2008)
High Kirk on Ulva Lallans #69 (2006)
Merch o the Baby-Boomers Poem about a life spent on protest marches. Runner-up Border Ballad in the Yarrow Ettrick and Selkirk Literary Festival 2015
Negotiation Lallans # 69 (2006)
Sperr Chinge, Please The Cry of the Poor (2021) and in Chapman #100/101 (2002)
The Luck o the Leid Lallans # 62 (2003)
Theory of Relativity Poetry Postcard pub. by Scottish Book Trust for National Poetry Day 2001.
Tightrope Walker Scottish PEN online journal PENning The Warming World (2010 – now deleted)
Missing Link Lallans #69 (2006) also PEN online journal PENning Spirit (2012 – now deleted)
Soond shift Lallans #73 (2008)
Goliath August 2018 edition of PEN online journal PENning Smeddum
Who Killed the Truth? Dec 2019 edition of PEN online journal PENning Truth
Stories sans Glory
The Airt o Declaration
The Liberty Line Published in October 2015 edition of PEN online journal PENning Celebration and on the Dove Tales website
Double Helix Poem in mixed Doric, Gaelic, Glaswegian and Standard English – languages colour-coded! Inspired by my own family tree. Lallans #65 (2004)
Up an doon an roon Lallans #65 (2004)
Nae Quarter Lallans #65 (2004)
Voyagers 2003 Lallans #65 (2004)
Maide-Crochaidh Hanging stick Published in PEN’s 2020 anthology “Declarations” commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath
Gaelic Haikus based on the Ogham (Celtic Tree Alphabet)
Haikus written in China Haikus sgriobhta ann an Siona
Doon the Careers Office Ghosts of the Early Morning Shift (2021)
Blue genes back when Markings #24 (2007)
Blasted by Sands Different Boundaries (1995) also HarperCollins Flamingo Book of New Scottish Writing (1998)
Gathering Winter Fuel Chapman #100/101 (2002)
Harbinger Edinburgh Review #107 (2001)
Through the Scottish Book Trust scheme (now Live Literature) Mary runs occasional talks, readings and workshops sometimes illustrated with slides and handouts. Specialities include:
The aims of PEN International include:
For women to have free speech, the right to read, the right to write, they need to have the right to roam physically, socially and intellectually.
“Here’s freedom to them that wad read,
As a former member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Branch of PEN International Mary produces their monthly newsletter.