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Mary Cochrane

From London

Mary Cochrane was born in Glasgow in 1965 and lived with her brothers and Irish immigrant parents in the slums. She struggled through a childhood of violence and poverty, and in early adulthood lived in the shady underworld of Glasgow’s bedsits, where she was exposed to drug dealers and criminals as she tried to care for her younger brother John. At the age of twenty-one, Mary settled with John in London and fell in love with Mike. John returned to Glasgow, where he was exposed to drugs, ill-health and loneliness; and eventually took his own life. Mary studied psychology and attained a doctorate – from the kind of adversity that would destroy most people, she became a psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry. In 2007 Mary was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cervical cancer. She managed to battle through but then almost died as a result of radiation damage. She now spends her days writing and has published her autobiography and a book of poetry, ‘The Dream Departure’.

What inspires me?

Love, loss, the beauty of nature, death, dreams.

My best line

Not sure about this one.

Top 5 poets

  1. Emily Bronte
  2. Edgar Allan Poe

Top 5 poems

  1. The Old Stoic
  2. Alone

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