Read her latest travel story A Trans-Atlantic flight (in 2016) here.
Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent in a pottery working class family, Mary Mae left home at eighteen to train as a PE and English teacher in South Wales; she finished her teacher training in London and after she and her husband located to Grand Cayman where she worked as a reporter for the island’s weekly newspaper and a copy writer/ account executive for the island’s monthly magazine, for four years, during which time she had a son .
She followed her husband to Malawi where he worked for two years as a technical teacher, then three years as workshop manager on a tea estate while Mary was a part- time primary school teacher.
In 1981, with two more sons, the family moved back to the UK. Mary first worked as a swmming instructor then took up learning Spanish and spent eight months in Northern Spain as a Language Assistant before gaining a Spanish degree and TEFLA teaching qualifications.
She taught English as a foreign language, part–time, for many years at Staffordshire University UK, until she retired at sixty.
She now spends half the year in Spain, where she does most of her writing, and half the year in England.
She has been published in the THE TELEGRAPH, is a published poet and author of one published novel “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Woman.” Another is in the pipe line!
She has entered the TOO WRITE short story competition, held as part of the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival every year since it’s inception, four years ago, and this year she has been shortlisted for a prize. The winners and awards were announced on Monday 11th June 2018.
Besides reading and writing Mary Mae enjoys buying and selling antiques, delving into local history, going to the theatre and cinema, gardening and meeting up with old friends.
She also loves travelling, and with a brother in Australia, one son in the USA and another in Serbia she has no shortage of ideas of where to go!
Mary has always been a prolific letter writer and diary keeper and uses her personal experiences to weave into fiction.