Whilst there, she launched her career as a freelance writer covering World Aids Day for Wanderlust, Soweto Township Tours for The Guardian and an untold number of hostelries for The Greenwood Guide – from Mozambican wilderness lodges to chic SA, Garden Route retreats.
Back in London, Mary completed a postgrad in journalism at the London College of Communication. After a stint interning at Waitrose Food Illustrated and then The Big Issue, she joined a telecoms trade mag as staff writer: read her, not entirely accurate, prediction on the future of phones from way back in 2006.
Itchy feet as always, she soon landed a writing contract in New Zealand and, whilst there, she met a Kiwi, had a baby with him and wrote regular features on everything from how goats react to earthquakes to feminism and cloth nappies for award-winning glossy, The Natural Parent.
Four years on, and the girl who headed out to the land-of-the-long-white-cloud with nothing but a backpack, returned home with a family and a house-load of stuff.
Since then, she has combined looking after her pre-school daughter with writing regular features for The Natural Parent, advertorial for clients including Volvo and Resene Paint, and blog posts about the joys and tribulations of parenting – from birthing on twitter to surviving the school run - for Natural Baby Shower, one of the country’s first and largest organic baby wear outlets.
For more details and references have a look at Mary’s LinkedIn page.
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