Reblogged from insaneowl: Fiza Pathan, author of Nirmala:The Mud Blossom, interviews Mary Smith… author of No More Mulberries and Drunk Chickens…
An instructive, educative, and revealing interview with Author, Poet, Journalist and Blogger: Mary Smith.
FP: You describe yourself as an author, poet and journalist but, from all these three designations, which do you think defines you most of all?
Mary: I think it all depends on what I am working at the time! It’s probably the combination of all three which defines me.
FP: Can you please give my readers a short biography about yourself?
Mary: I grew up in south west Scotland. When I left school I went to work in a bank. My mother had a dream I would become the country’s first female bank manager but I very soon realized this was not for me. I hated working with numbers. I travelled in Europe for a while and, on my return I started working with Oxfam in England.
My job was a combination of fundraising and trying to form public opinion on issues from the sale of arms to the adverse effects of promoting baby milk powder. During this time I visited Bangladesh on an official work tour and fell in love with the country. As I have not returned, I don’t know if my reaction was because it was the first country outside Europe I had visited and I hope one day to return to see if it still makes me feel the same.
A few years later, I went to Pakistan on what was a life-changing holiday. While there I visited the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Control Centre in Karachi, with an introduction from someone in Oxfam. I was deeply impressed with the work I saw and wanted to be a part of it. I went out to Pakistan on a three-year contract. At the end of it, I signed up again, but this time to work in Afghanistan. I had already started writing articles and was working on the non-fiction book when I returned to Europe.
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