See biographies by J. Keats (1970) and M. Meade (1987); study by A. F. Kinney (1978).
See edition of her letters (1928); study by Lord David Cecil (1948).
She first came to the public eye in the 1970s as a television journalist, on BBC Scotland's news programme Reporting Scotland. She also worked on the ill-fated Scottish Daily News. She was a Reporter of the year(investigations)and has won the UK Press Award and the Oliver Award for services to Scotland.
Noted for her campaigning abilities, she was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 as a Scottish National Party (SNP) representative for Glasgow. A left-winger, she supported Alex Neil in the SNP leadership election of 2000. She became dissatisfied with the way in which the SNP was being run and in 2002 she quit the SNP and sat as an independent MSP.
She did not stand for re-election at the 2003 election, returning to journalism instead.
She is also a former Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association candidate for the post of rector of the University of Glasgow, losing to Richard Wilson in 1996.
During the Glasgow East by-election, 2008, she attacked the SNP candidate, John Mason, for his bitter attacks on her when she was an SNP MSP.