Bolton Clarke Tweed Heads At Home Support client Gladys Barclay Bow has launched her literary career, publishing her first novel.
Threads in a Tartan Web, published late last year, is the first book in a planned trilogy that follows a family from the Scottlish island of Arran to the Glasgow slums against the backdrop of the industrial revolution.
For Gladys, who was born and raised in Glasgow before marrying and raising her own six children – moving to Canada in the 1970s and later Australia in the 1980s – it’s been a labour of love, ably assisted by former school teacher and personal care assistant Terry Baker, from Bolton Clarke’s At Home Support team.
“If I start something, I like to finish it,” she says.
“Terry was instrumental – I didn’t want to let him down by giving up.
“He’s my lifeline – like a family friend.”
Terry worked with Gladys to edit the book, providing a second set of eyes around sequencing, grammar and punctuation.
Writing fiction is just one of Gladys’ many creative outlets. She has also been involved in writing and directing community theatre plays, teaching drama and music and nursing and enjoys painting in her spare time.
She also has a passion for travelling and is a much-loved mother and grandmother in the Bow clan.
Gladys is already working on the second book in her planned trilogy, Maid in a Tangled Web.