Ballad of the Five Marys
By (author) Donald Smith
Donald Smith’s third historical novel investigates where Mary Queen of Scots’ history ends and legend begins through the captivating use of contemporary prose ballad. Smith seeks a truthful narrative about not only Mary Carmichael but also Seton, Beaton, Livingston and Fleming by integrating firsthand accounts and dramatic testimony. It marks 500 years since Flodden and the Birth of John Knox.
DONALD SMITH is recognised as a leading storyteller in Scotland. Donald is interested in the recovery of local storytelling traditions, in site specific events and story walks, and in working with community and church groups. In addition to his historical novels, Smith has been involved in over fifty plays being a founding Director of the National Theatre of Scotland and the first Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre based in Edinburgh.