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Mary Smith

Mary Smith is a writer, freelance journalist and poet based in Dumfries & Galloway. 

She worked in Pakistan and Afghanistan for ten years, where she established a mother and child care programme providing skills and knowledge to women health volunteers. Her most recent book, the memoir, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni, is based on her experiences there.
Mary’s poems have been widely published in poetry magazines and anthologies and her first full length poetry collection, Thousands Pass Here Every Day, was published by Indigo Dreams. 

She has worked in collaboration with photographer Allan Devlin on two local history books: Dumfries Through Time and Castle Douglas Through Time. 

Mary Smith’s book (Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni) gets behind the news bulletins and shows what it is really like to be a woman in Afghanistan.
Margaret Elphinstone
Author, The Gathering Night


Mary is currently working on Secret Dumfries, to be published in 2018 as well as turning her blog, My Dad’s a Goldfish, into a book describing caring for her dad through his dementia.

If you would like to know more about Mary and her work, please visit her websites:

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