Quick & Quirky Questions with Mary Goggin

Mary has just turned 70 and wrote a lovely piece about her play in Edinburgh and we thought we should probe a little bit more and ask her some of our infamous QQQ’s.

Tell us 4 important facts about yourself:

  1. I listen to my insides
  2. I am funny
  3. I am fiercely protective of my beliefs
  4. I adore animals

What is your favourite age that you’ve been so far in life, and why?

24. I loved dancing (at Studio 54) while high, beautiful and skinny.

Who is your favourite fictional character or famous person over 60?

I don’t do well with fictional characters and my favourite person over 60 – George Carlin – is deceased. 

You are alone in your house (no pets). You have three minutes to get out before the house collapses and burns to the ground. What one possession would you grab and take with you?

My iPhone

What’s your favourite creative pastime?

Movement … yoga dance … writing

Tell us something about yourself that’s surprising or unexpected.

In 2005 I was in New Orleans just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, knocking down doors with a baseball bat and searching for animals that had survived. 

Our flash theme for August is cats, Edinburgh and allotments!

Here we are in August. With so many things happening in the world, we plan to keep distracting you with the nicer things in life. This month, it’s #InternationalCatDay (very important to Orlando), Edinburgh festivals season and allotments, just for good measure.

We have some content coming up on the website this month from people who have brilliant and successful creative lives that chime with their love of all things feline. We’re also hoping to hear from allotment lovers to celebrate #NationalAllotmentsWeek and take a peek at older performers at the Edinburgh festival. These are also the themes of our monthly flash competition, which is a photo competition this month.

Are you aged 60 or over? Send us your cat photos! If you’re not a fan of cats (whyever not?), send us your Edinburgh Festival photos! Or send us your allotment photos!

Entries will be accepted until midnight on August 31st and we’ll pick our favourite in early September. The winner will receive a copy of Cat Brushing, the fabulous new short story collection from Jane Campbell, published by riverrun, and imprint of Quercus. The Autumn Voices Content Editor has just read it and reckons it’s very good…

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