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Words – reading, writing (and talking) are Mary Edward’s greatest loves. To this end she spent many years at Glasgow University, gaining two degrees and a diploma before she finally left, to enter a profession which was also all about words – teaching, developing teaching packages and talking to others involved in education. Now she writes mostly fiction, and before becoming president of the Scottish Association of Writers she won several of their trophies – The Pitlochry, The TC Farries and the Helensburgh Shield, in addition to many short fiction prizes there and elsewhere. She is the author of Who Belongs to Glasgow? a well-received history of immigration to her native city and she publishes short stories and articles, does a great deal of adjudication of other people’s work and speaks about the craft to writing groups. She is an editor for New Voices Press, the publishing arm of the Federation of Writers, Scotland. A Spider’s Thread is one of several long pieces Mary has written, and one which ticked all the boxes of her enthusiasms – the fascinating research into the events surrounding this unforgettable tragedy and the creation of the fictional context in which to tell the story.