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.
Death Goes to School
When a teenage pupil disappears after a school trip, Sarah Blane, her English teacher, in Fruin High in the west of Scotland, is horribly reminded of the time twenty-five years before, when her sister Ruth disappeared in similar circumstances in Edinburgh. And when Rubina is found murdered, Sarah has to confront the possibility that her sister may also have met a violent end,
A Spider's Thread Across the Tay
During a fierce storm, a train carrying seventy-five people is hurled into the Firth of Tay when the bridge it is crossing collapses. Everyone on board is killed. It is the night of 28th December 1879. A Spider’s Thread Across the Tay is a work of fiction, but the story of the Tay bridge disaster is real. The tragedy and the lives of the people it touches are vividly brought to life