A new book, sponsored by the Doric Board, from playwright and author Mike Gibb featuring five women from very different walks of life who were all born in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The book costs £5.99 and will come signed. Available from the likes of Yeadons in Banchory, Mither Tongue in Keith, Better Read Books in Ellon and The Bookmark in Grantown on Spey or direct from the author at [email protected]. All proceeds to the Bianca dog and cat shelter.

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Five women with three things in common. All were born in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire. All ventured far from their native homes and achieved great things in a male dominated world. And all are now sadly forgotten.

The women excelled in very different environments. Mary Garden became the greatest British born opera singer of all time. Torphins born Annie Murray nursed the injured of the International Brigade during the maelstrom of the Spanish Civil War. Missionary Mary Slessor headed for the White Man’s Grave and changed the face of Calabar (now part of Nigeria) and the lives of its natives. Maria Ogilvie Gordon from Monymusk earned countless firsts for her scientific works and was a great supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. And Lorna Moon traded the gas lights of Strichen for the bright lights of Hollywood.

This is author Mike Gibb’s tenth book and he has also written more than a dozen plays and musical plays including stage works about Mary Slessor (Mother of All the Peoples) and Mary Garden (Aberdeen’s Forgotten Diva) as well as a play (Doorways in Drumorty) based on Lorna Moon’s book of the same name.

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