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Mary Smith

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Contact: mary@stewartry.co.uk
Local authority: Dumfries and Galloway
Languages: English, Scots
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Mary Smith is an author of fiction and non-fiction. She is also a poet and a freelance journalist. Her non-fiction work includes memoir and three local history books. Her poetry appears in magazines, and Thousands Pass Here Every Day is her first full collection.

She does many poetry readings at events, often with other poets and musicians. She is experienced in running writing workshops in schools and for adults, worked for several years with a disabled writers' group and with people who are survivors of the mental health system. She has worked on several cross-genre projects with practitioners of other art forms and has collaborated with visual artists and a sculptor. She co-tutors on a residential writing course which runs twice a year in south west Scotland for both new writers and those with some experience.

She enjoys working with writing groups and can deliver a wide range of workshops on various aspects of writing: poetry, writing memoir, fiction, short stories, creating characters, and dialogue. As a hybrid author, both traditionally and self-published, she is happy to offer talks and workshops on publishing routes, marketing and promotion. (Photo credit: Kim Ayres)

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

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

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Family; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100