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Mary McCabe

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Email mary1mccabe@googlemail.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English, Gaelic, Scots
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Mary has published dozens of short stories and poems in Scots, English and Gaelic, as well as feature articles for newspapers. Her longer work includes a psychic novel Everwinding Times and an illustrated book Streets Schemes and Stages about cultural projects. Her fictionalised account of scandals in her own family tree, Stirring the Dust, written in English, Doric and Glaswegian, was paperback of the week in the Herald. In 2017 she published a novel Two Closes and a Referendum conflating human drama in Glasgow's East End with the politicisation caused by the Scottish independence referendum of 2014. In German translation she has published a children's book Die zauberhafte Reise, and her radio plays have been broadcast on mainstream radio in Germany and Switzerland. She is active in International PEN.

A political campaigner since her schooldays, she has decades of experience in street campaigning, attending demonstrations in Scotland and abroad and proposing and promoting progressive change. She performs readings of her own work and holds workshops particularly about writing in various forms of Scots. She will consider working anywhere within a day or overnight's distance of Glasgow.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Panel event; Performance; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Biography & memoir; Class & society; Family; Gender equality; Historical fiction; Human rights; Politics; Publishing & getting published

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+