Mary Rensten is a former teacher. She was a prolific freelance magazine journalist in the 1980s and 90s, specialising in interviews with world-renowned writers, artists, actors and musicians. She is particularly thrilled to have interviewed Maya Angelou, Thomas Keneally and Cleo Laine.
Chair of the SWWJ during its Centenary year 1994, Mary is still active on the Council. Her feature on the Eden Project, A Vision of Eden, won her the SWWJ’s coveted Violet Astor Rose bowl in 2002.
As a dramatist, her work has been seen at the Edinburgh Festival and on the London Fringe. She has written radio plays and scripts for television, and plays, all of them published, for schools. Her first novel, published in 1990, was reissued by Wyndham Books in 2013 as Letters from Malta, became an international bestseller.