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Mary O’Hara is an award-winning journalist, author, director and producer. Her journalism appears in publications including The Guardian, ViewDigital and Mosaic Science. She is the author of two books: The Shame Game: Overturning the toxic poverty narrative (2020) & Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK (2014) and is founder of the multi-platform anti-poverty initiative, Project Twist-It. She is a contributor to the book, The Violence of Austerity (Pluto Press 2017) and others including Council Skies by the artist, Pete McKee and Vulnerable Consumers and the Law, Routledge (2021).

Mary has directed/produced short films, run a comedy club, been an Alistair Cooke Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley and a producer, booker and consultant on the global hit podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. She is a three-time winner of Best Foreign Columnist at the Southern California Journalism Awards for her Guardian column, Lesson From America and is the founder and chair of the David Nobbs Memorial Trust promoting early-career comedy writers. Mary is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, London. https://www.maryoharaproductions.com/

Mary O’Hara