Meet Mary

My superpower is that I have an intuitive sense and my appreciation of the arts


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Published on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Meet Mary

My superpower is that I have an intuitive sense and my appreciation of the arts


Audio Stories

Written by Mary

Published on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

I was brought up in County Limerick with my Granny’s sister.

The most important thing that happened to me in my life was being the daughter of an Irish single mother. It shaped my feminism

My father was unwell due to alcoholism and I had two brothers though we lived apart until I was six years of age. One of my brothers died due to mental health problems. My other brother is a professor of computer science at any Ivy League University in the US. We’re very close.

My superpower is that I have an intuitive sense and my appreciation of the arts, including contemporary music and theatre, as long as they are accessible now I have a disability.

Written by Mary


I have lived in Camden since the late 70s (last century!). Following a history degree, I worked in Kings Cross for a trade union for a few years. After leaving I worked with homeless women in Soho and then in Camden working with young offenders on release from prison. I then retrained as a Social Worker at Bristol, working in the area of domestic violence. As a disabled women, I made sure that refuges were accessible and that there was accessible information about them available. I have been involved for several years in local disabled service user groups in Camden, and have chaired Visually Impaired in Camden and a member of that group for many years. I am also a trustee of Camden Disability Action. Since COVID 19 I am unable to go shopping alone or visit other disabled friends. My mobility has been severely curtailed, like many other disabled people. I am still keen however to ensure that transport and streets are accessible to all and that pressure is put on local authorities and transport providers to help bring this about.

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Arts Childhood Family Mental Health