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.
First edition published by Argyll in 2012.
Ringwood will be bringing out a new edition in 2018.
A novel on a psychic theme published by Argyll (with support from the Scottish Arts Council) in 1994. To be re-issued by Ringwood in 2018.
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.“A fine mix of well-documented official report … and superb evocation through descriptions, quotes and photographs, and for a while it became a kind of bible for those who wanted to demonstrate that Glasgow 1990 had not been only about big-ticket events.”
–Joyce McMillan (reviewer and journalist)
Die zauberhafte Reise
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
Liberty Line pages 9-10 of Scottish PEN online magazine Oct 2015 PENning Celebration
Walking The Tock An odyssey through insomnia! Appeared on Scottish Refugee Council website. Then in Nuestra Voz Notre Voix Our Voice (PEN International 2008)
Merch o the Baby-Boomers Runner-up Border Ballad in the Yarrow Ettrick and Selkirk Literary Festival 2015
Goliath Pages 36-37 of the August 2018 edition of PEN online journal PENning Smeddum
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.