Mhari Matheson

Author of Tinker GirlAbout Mhari Matheson

Born and raised in the Scottish Highlands. I taught English and coached athletics in Scotland, England and Africa. I married and changed careers, running tourist lodges both in Zambia and Malawi.On my return to the U.K., I continued training staff in hotels before going back to teaching. Moving to Wales we ran a smallholding for a period and then I set up my own business running craft and coffee shops.

Writing progress:

I have been, from an early age, an oral storyteller, something of a tradition in my Highland background. Throughout my teaching career and beyond I developed this ability and wrote stories for performance. Now I have adapted these skills to writing novels. I attended courses, and wrote and discarded my first novel, before completing several drafts of ‘The Tinker Girl’. I continued working on it during my 2011/12 MA Creative Writing Course at the University of Wales Trinity St. David, where I have gained a distinction.

About the book:

‘The Tinker Girl’, begins in the Scottish Highlands in 1899 and ends in the run-up to the Great War. The book follows the journey of a self-reliant, spirited orphan girl growing to womanhood, weathering highs and lows in her search for security and a family of her own. Intelligent, determined and focused, she attracts, upsets, and succeeds. She fights industrial and rural poverty, shares the lot of women with their struggle for employment and confronts the rigid social conventions of the era. The second book of the trilogy, already begun, will cover the war years and end in the thirties. The third will take the family through the Second World War.