Leith 1907: Millie Gray

This is Millie Gray:

Millie had her first book published four years ago and has written one a year since then. Now at 77 she’s a best selling author. She says you’re never too old to start writing!

Millie told me all about researching her lastest book set in Leith 1907 – 1927. It’s called Eighteen Couper Street. Press the orange play button below to hear Millie read or listen to the audio on soundcloud here.

Millie worked with Leith Library to research the book. Check out the acknowledgements (we’re famous, thanks Millie!):

Don’t worry I didn’t draw on the book – I took a photo and highlighted it.

The same day I talked to Millie a lovely lady called Jean came into the library to return Eighteen Couper Street:

She said how much she loved Millie Gray and Steven the librarian told her that Millie had been in that morning. Jean was so excited and said if only she could tell Millie how much she enjoyed her books. So I recorded Jean and took her photo (she said she felt like royalty and also said that she would like to adopt Steven as her second son – he was so attentive!)

Press the orange play button below to hear wonderful Jean (92) talking about Eighteen Couper Street or listen to the audio on soundcloud here.

I had a brilliant time chatting to Millie over cake and a cuppa. With so many fascinating stories we’re excited to announce we’ll be running a series of blogs with audio from Millie talking about the Poor House, The Industrial School for Boys and the Leith Fisher Folk. Hurrah!


Millie is back on Saturday! She’s one of the three brilliant local writers who will be sharing their Memories of Leith and signing books live in Leith Library for Book Week Scotland.

Join us on Saturday 1st December at 3.30pm – 4.30pm for readings about:

  • Leith in the early 1900s from Best Selling Author Millie Gray
  • Leith in 1974 from My Favourite Place competition winner Marianne Paget.
  • Growing up in Leith in the sixties with Marianne Wheelaghan.

To book tickets call 0131 5295517, email leith.library@edinburgh.gov.uk or sign up on facebook. There will be cake!

Find out more about Millie Gray on the Black and White Publishing website


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