CHARLEVILLE author Mary T. Bradford's self-published first collection of short stories, entitled 'A Baker's Dozen', will be officially launched by Newmarket based author Vincent McDonnell at the Library in the town on this Friday evening at 7pm.
The book originally started out on as an e-book on Amazon and Smash Words and is on all the major internet sites, but Mary decided to publish the collection of 13 short stories in print due to public demand and to facilitate older people who may not have access to the internet.
Mary, who lived in Dublin for 20 years, started writing after taking creative writing courses at Kilroy's College as well as with writer Patricia Reilly also in Dublin, David Rice at the University of Limerick and Susan Power in Bantry. Her stories are about everyday life and she has already been published by the Cork Evening Echo, Ireland's Own and Woman's Own, among others.
Her work has also been included in an America anthology entitled 'Pot Luck' and in the Limerick Writer's Centre 'Revival' anthology. Mary has also written and recited a story on the popular Sunday morning RTE Radio One series 'Sunday Miscellany'.
She may be seen writing daily from 10.30am to 1pm at Charleville Library and the prolific Mary has a novel already completed as well as having enough material ready for a second collection of short stories.
Married to Dubliner Colin Bradford, the couple have two grown up boys and two girls and the family live at Deerpark Heights in Charleville. She has been interested in books and writing for as long as she can remember and recalls that she always requested a book to be among her presents at Christmas time and has been a member of the local library for many years.
A member of Charleville Writers Group, Mary also acknowledges the fantastic help she received from Newmarket based writer Vincent McDonnell who was also a tutor on courses she attended and which she found to be a great advantage to her writing.