Bits and pieces of Mavis ...

Kirkcaldy woman Mavis Beckett with two of her newly published books
Kirkcaldy woman Mavis Beckett with two of her newly published books
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A Kirkcaldy pensioner is to become a first time author three times over!

Mavis Beckett has put pen to paper, or rather, fingers to keyboard, to produce three books filled with poetry and verse and has decided to donate all the proceeds to charity.

She said: “The idea behind writing them is that I want to leave something behind as well as donating to charity.”

Mavis (78) said that she has always had a keen interest in writing and has won many prizes for her stories and poems over the years.

“I’ve had bits and pieces published in newspapers and magazines,” she said. “I first started in the late 1970s and have kept it up since then.

“Some of them have been put into these books but mostly it’s all new work.”

The first book ‘A Little Book of Bits and Pieces’ which is collection of stories and verse in Scots and English, is available now, with proceeds going to the SSPCA. The next two will follow in the next two weeks.

“I’ve had a lot of good feedback and have made £100 already and that’s without doing any advertising so it’s very encouraging,” Mavis said.

‘Tartan Tatters’, a book in the same format, will see money going to Second Chance Kennels in Thornton, whilst third book, ‘A Little Book of Rhyming Verse’ is written in English with pictures and illustrations by Mavis herself. Proceeds will go to the Cat Protection League.

“Each story or poem has a message which hopefully will make people think in a different way,” says Mavis.

The books are available to buy at the St Clair Veterinary Centre in Pottery Street.