D&G Poetry Lockdown Party – Number 13 – Mary Smith

This is a lovely wee blog, quite new, which focuses on writers and poets from around Dumfries & Galloway. I’m delighted to be featured today talking about favourite writers and places.

D&G Poetry


Name your three top writers. This turns out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. As soon as I wrote down three names another three came to mind followed by three or four more …

I left it for a few days and tried again, deciding to stick with whichever names came to mind first. My top three writers – today – are:

Margaret Elphinstone for her historical fiction. Whether we are reading about Cumbrian Quaker Mark in Voyageurs, set at the time of the 1812 war between Canada and the United States or about the Auk People following a tsunami in Scotland 8,000 years ago in The Gathering Night, every word of her fiction rings true. Now, she is writing essays about our time and there can be no arguing that her words are vitally important for us all.

Kate Atkinson. I…

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4 thoughts on “D&G Poetry Lockdown Party – Number 13 – Mary Smith

  1. No I couldn’t find the comment option.
    I love Kate Atkinson’s books, at one stage at writing group we had an exercise to write like her!
    I wish our latest pandemic instructions were as clear as the Scottish ones!

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