A lovely feature in the July Southwark News about my latest novel HATTIE'S HOME. It was great to see the photo of my Mum and her old work mates taken in 1988 for an article in that very newspaper on the closing of the Alaska factory - which is the backdrop for the novel. You can read the article here.


Also, a feature in Writing Magazine, in which I share my top piece of writing advice!

WM Mag article July '18

Posted 27th July 2018




Last week I paid another visit to the brilliant Bermondsey Uprising  pop-up shop in The Blue, Bermondsey. This time to be interviewed for a docudrama film on the work and times of Ada Salter. Bermondsey Uprising generously agreed to host the filming. 

The film will focus on many of the aspects of Ada Salter's work in Bermondsey which feature in my novels: her work with the factory women strikers of  1911; with conscientious objectors in WWI; and with the beautification of Bermondsey amongst others. 
It was a fascinating experience to meet the members of the Documentary Film Makers Co-Operative and to see just how much work goes into setting up and filming a single interview. 
The time is certainly ripe for the inspirational Ada Salter to have her profile raised and to be recognized for the truly pioneering work she did in Bermondsey, and the country as a whole, in the early twentieth century. I am looking forward to seeing the trailer!
I rounded off my visit by picking up this very special Ada Salter T Shirt and was given a surprise gift from bookseller Tom of a beautiful 1950's edition of Round London With The Unicorn. 
Thanks to all, I had a great visit!
Ada Doc InterviewMary and Ada T shirt
Posted 27th May 2018



My publisher, Head of Zeus, have produced some beautiful new cover designs for my books. I am very excited to be able to show off the first three here!

Custard Tarts_PB_2018 finalJam & Roses_PB_2018 finalGunner Girls_PB_2018 final

Posted 11th March 2018



I had a great time on Friday meeting Emma and her team at the wonderfully named 'Bermondsey Uprising' pop up shop in The Blue, Bermondsey.  This is a great community initiative aimed at breathing some new life into the market. I was happy to visit and take with me some signed hardback copies of my books, including the latest 'Hattie's Home'.

Here I am with Ada Salter, my great heroine, who has walk on parts in many of my books! I also met Sarah Thurman of United St. Saviours who are providing the all important initial funding. 

Bermondsey Uprising Mary & AdaiiBermondsey Uprising Mary & BooksBermondsey Uprising Mary & Sarah Thurman Unt St Sav

Posted 25th February 2018




I am very much looking forward to visiting the Bermondsey Uprising pop up shop in The Blue, 210 Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey on Friday 23rd February at 11.30.

I will be bringing along some signed copies of my books and hope to see some of my lovely Bermondsey readers there! 

Posted 22nd February 2018



A wonderful afternoon at Bexley Central Library where I got to meet the lovely Rosie Goodwin who gave us some fascinating insights into her amazing writing career. She has just published her thirtieth novel and has another two written and ready to go! 

Rosie Goodwin

Posted 13th February 2018




I'm very excited to announce the Blog Tour for HATTIE'S HOME beginning on  Saturday, 20th January. There will be reviews, excerpts, giveaway, Q&As plus a guest post from me! Below is the full schedule.

Hattie's Home blog tour



Here's a sneak preview of the gorgeous hardback edition of HATTIE'S HOME. My publisher Head of Zeus has done a wonderful production job, I think it looks beautiful  - with its head and tail bands, ribbon marker and a stunning new style jacket. I couldn't be happier. A wonderful start to the New Year!

Hattie's Home hbk

Posted 2nd January 2018



Some photos of the wonderful new walk from Capital Walks, guided by Sue McCarthy which I joined yesterday. The walk highlights the work of Ada Salter and her beautification committee, which turned some of Bermondsey's sootiest slums into green oases during the 1920's and 30's. Ada Salter features in my novel Jam & Roses and for anyone interested in Ada, or in seeing some of the locations in my novels, this walk is a fascinating introduction.


Wilson Grove, the garden city the Salters created in Bermondsey. Still planted with Roses!


The saplings planted by the Beautification Committee, a hundred years on now a leafy avenue.



I meet my heroine! A statue of Ada Salter which stands by the river not far from the Bermondsey Settlement where she first worked in Bermondsey.



Dr Salter's Day Dream. (The original was stolen for its metal value and has been replaced after a local fund raising campaign.)



Standing on one of the 'patches of asphalt' purchased by Ada with a view to planting them with flowers or turning them into playgrounds. Now prime riverside plots!

Posted 14th May 2017



Here is a preview of the beautiful new cover artwork for the paperback edition, due out 4th May 2017.

Bourbon Creams pbk cvr thumb



29th January - 7th February 2017


I am very excited to be taking part in a blog tour next week. I will be answering questions, guest posting and giving away copies of Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams. Here is the schedule so far:

29th January

Chicklit uncovered - Extract from Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams

30th Jan

Parmenion books. Mary Gibson guest post

31st Jan

23 Review Street - Review and extract

1st Feb

Rachel Bustin - Giveaway of 2 copies of Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams, plus a review.

 2nd Feb

A Sky Filled with Sparkling Stars. Review.

 3rd Feb

The Bookbag - Giveaway of 3 copies of Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams

 4th Feb

With Love for Books - Review

Suze (Anniek and Suze) - Review.

 5th Feb

Debra’s Book Cafe - Q&A with Mary Gibson

 6th Feb

Chicklit Club Connect - Guest post by Mary Gibson

 7th Feb

My Merri Way - event TBC

Posted 27th January 2017


Endeavour Press Virtual Historical Festival 18th-22nd April 2016

I am excited to be taking part in the Endeavour Press Virtual Historical Festival next week. There will be live Q&A's from over thirty authors and Endeavour Press will be running competitions and giving away FREE BOOKS!

I will be answering readers questions live on Good Reads, from 10.00am on Monday 18th April.

Meanwhile you can read more about my inspiration for GUNNER GIRLS AND FIGHTER BOYS on the Historical Festival Blog page

Posted 8th April 2016


World Book Night visit to Lancashire Libraries

As part of the World Book Night celebrations I visited Blackburn and Accrington libraries to speak about my novels and was given a very warm Lancashire welcome. As someone who owes such a lot to my own childhood library, it was a privilege to speak in two such wonderful institutions. The audiences were full of intelligent questions and Accrington's edible display for Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts was a delicious bonus! 

Mary Gibson and Accrington Librarian Heather Pittman. World Book Night 2015

Mary Gibson and Accrington Librarian Heather Pittman. World Book Night 2015

Posted 27th April 2015

Copies of the World Book Night edition of Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts arrive at John Harvard Library

Mary Gibson with World Book Night volunteers.

Mary Gibson with World Book Night volunteers.

Posted 27th April 2015

Blackburn and Accrington Libraries Events for World Book Night

I will be talking about my books at Blackburn and Accrington Libraries on 23rd April.

See the World Book Night site for details

Posted 16th April 2015

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts selected for

World Book Night - 23rd April 2015

I am thrilled that 'Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts' has been selected as one of the 20 titles to be given away on World Book Night 2015.  World Book Night is a marvellous initiative which I’m very proud to be part of.  An annual celebration of reading and books, it sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.

Click here to view other book selected for this event.

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