Alive Radio September 20th, 2013
Mary was interviewed by Andrea Thompson for the Friday Magazine programme, well worth a listen here (or right click on the link and choose to save on your computer and listen at your leaisure)
Interview at the Peoples Book Prize
August 6th, 2013
Dumfries & Galloway Life February, 2013
DRUNK CHICKENS IN BOOK BATTLE
007, a Bond girl and a celebrity foodie may offer some stiff competition but writer Mary Smith hopes the region’s readers will get behind her book which is in the running for a prestigious national prize.
Carol Hogarth reports how guilty I was of swallowing all the stereotypes about Afghan women being shadowy figures, behind the veil. It was fantastic working with these women in rural areas who had not been educated but who were so bright.
“Yes, there was a war going on and horrible things happened, there was poverty and lack of health resources, but these women just got on with life.” Scottish novelist Margaret Elphinstone said Mary’s book “gets behind the news bulletins and shows what it is really like to be a woman in Afghanistan”.
Exploring two women's love for King James IV
Vivien Jones' historical hit production gets set for a second outing at Lochmaben.
Dumfries & Galloway Standard September 28th, 2012
Woman of words for someone who says she "never wanted to write poetry", Castle Douglas author Mary Smith has been forced to eat her words.
Since being compelled to write poetry in order to complete her Creative Writing Degree at Glasgow University in Dumfries, Mary fell in love with verse and has never looked back. She said: "When I started the course, I was a journalist and a prose writer and wanted to develop my writing along those lines ... full article
Galloway News September 27th, 2012
Words of wisdom.
For someone who says she "never wanted to write poetry", Castle Douglas author Mary Smith has achieved a great deal with her talent
Since being compelled to write poetry as part of her Creative Writing Degree at Glasgow University in Dumfries, Mary fell in love with verse and has never looked back.... full article
Daily Record May 26th, 2011
Beyond Bullets and Burkas. Novel aims to show the 'other side' of war-torn land.
Burkas, Taliban and a war most people feel cannot be won sums up how most of us view Afghanistan. But to Scots author Mary Smith, the Afghanistan in she lived, worked and raised her son for seven years is a very different place ... full article
Dumfries & Galloway Standard May 13, 2011
An unusual collection of words and images has won a Stewartry
duo a national award.
Mary Smith and Phil McMenemy have won the Leaf Book collaboration competition for a writer who is cooperating
with an artist working in a different art form. ... full article