Mary Isokariari

Journalist, Senior Social Media Editor, Content Curator and Feature Writer

United Kingdom

A tenacious and highly versatile NCTJ-qualified journalist, social media editor and digital copywriter with more than 11 years’ experience creating inspiring, engaging and shareable social and compelling content for various high profile organisations such as Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star, the Institute of Directors, Trafalgar UK, ITV, BBC, the Evening Standard, MailOnline and The Voice Newspaper.

Email: [email protected]


Travel back to Victorian times with a fun trip to Ironbridge

It felt like I had stepped into an immersive history lesson as I wandered around Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge, Shropshire. As Covid travel restrictions continue to change and UK staycations remain popular, Ironbridge is like no other place I have ever been before.
Tis' the season to get fit and healthy

I have a confession to make... I hate the gym. I've tried numerous ones over the years but I prefer walking, hiking and cycling while breathing in the country air.
Going out again has never felt so good

It has been over a month since Covid restrictions were lifted in the UK and I've had to adapt to re-socialising: ordering drinks from an actual bar, no limits to how many people I'm allowed to meet up outside and of course, hitting the dancefloor all feel new.
Nokia's new 5G 'indestructible' smartphone packs a punch

Hands up, who has dropped their phone in water or have smashed their screen? I'm not afraid to admit, I can be clumsy at times, so when I was invited to take part in a series of football challenges with Arsenal legend Ray Parlour to test out the new Nokia smartphone XR20, I jumped at the chance.

Daily Mirror
So Solid Crew's Swiss urges firms to address pay gap amid Black Pound Day

Black Pound Day, described as a 'solution-based approach to support the growth of the UK Black economy', is flourishing five months after its initial launch on the 27th of June. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month, it has inspired other black-owned campaigns such as #IAMBOB, a week-long Twitter campaign, launched by the Daily Mirror and other Reach titles to highlight black-owned businesses up and down the country.
Does 24 Carat Gin measure up to its £1,200 price tag?

As a big gin fan, I didn't know what to think when I was approached to try 24 Carat Gin, a new premium brand priced at a whopping £1,200. The idea of mixing gold with gin was mind-boggling. Was it real gold? Would it taste nice?
Kokoon Headphones Review: Buying a good night's sleep doesn't come cheap

Getting a good night's sleep has been shown to help keep you healthy, and reduce stress. However, current figures show that 1 in 3 people in the UK is having trouble sleeping and needing treatment. Unsurprisingly given the current climate - the coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill.

In Good Company

Read inspiring stories from some of the UKs most successful business leaders. Learn about their business journeys and lessons they learned along the way.

Daily Mirror
Party Playas - review

Stay where Ibiza rocks hard and grown-ups groove to epic 80s tunes, indulging in a music legend lifestyle

International Women's Day

International Women's Day on the 8th March is a worldwide event that celebrates women's achievements - from the political to the social - while calling for gender equality. This year, International Women's Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women's rights, equality, and justice.

Kitchen Sink to Catwalk: Being over 40 and fabulous

If anyone ever tells you that it's too late for you to do anything in life, then wait until you watch Together's brand new TV show Kitchen Sink to Catwalk. A reality contest with a difference, the programme follows six middle-aged women who have travelled to London to take part in one of the biggest challenges of their lives.

The Column from Trafalgar
Meet Stephen Yellowhawk: Keeping His Native American Heritage Alive

Stephen Yellowhawk's undeniable passion for dance and sheer determination to promote his Native American culture was evident from the moment we met. A performer for more than 20 years, he is featured as a Cultural Insight on our Trafalgar trips that run through Rapid City, South Dakota, where he lives.


ASIA 2018 | Trafalgar USA

Immerse yourself in this culturally rich and inspiring region where the combination of old and new seamlessly blend together to create an atmosphere that is quite intriguing. Explore the majestic temples of Thailand, travel through the jungle-clad hills of Cambodia and go on a spiritual journey around India.

USA & CAN 2018 | Trafalgar AUS

Soak up panoramic views of the deep blue waters and soaring cliff faces, while travelling around this stunning archipelago. Imagine the rumble of earth beneath your feet as you experience the magnitude of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Learn about Maui cuisine as you become hunters and gatherers on O'o Farm surrounded by the lush forests of Waipoli.

St Patrick's Day

Lose yourself in the beauty of Ireland where music, food, literary, Celtic, film and comedy festivals keep the good craic rolling. As you delve deeper into the magic of the Emerald Isle, discover lush green landscapes, dramatic sea cliffs, medieval monuments and vibrant cities.

The Column from Trafalgar
The best cultural festivals around the world - The Column from Trafalgar

Festivals are a great way to experience a destination. Here are some of the world's most vibrant and breathtaking cultural events to help you plan a trip of a lifetime. Enter the realm of make-believe at the Carnival of Venice, one of the oldest festivals in Italy, famous for its distinctive masks and elaborate costumes.


How schools can support pupils with sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common genetic conditions in the world. It affects around one in 2,000 of all babies born in England. People with SCD produce unusually shaped red blood cells. They can cause problems because they do not live as long as healthy blood cells and they become stuck in blood vessels.

How can managers be trained to support staff with mental health at work?

Employers across the UK are failing to provide adequate support to employees or equip managers with the skills to help them, according to new research. A by the charity Business in the Community suggests more than three quarters of workers aged 16 to 64 have experienced symptoms of poor mental health, and nearly two thirds of those with mental health problems believe work was a contributing factor.

Living on the edge | Training Journal

Preseli Venture, right on the coast, is the perfect venue for corporate retreats and ideal for businesses looking for team-building away days. The newly launched 'Resilience in the Workplace' programme aims to boost resilience in mind, body and spirit. It combines coasteering, sea kayaking and surfing, with team challenges and focused mindfulness, communication and stress management workshops.

Training farmers to lift themselves out of poverty

Poverty in Africa is predominantly rural. More than 70 per cent of the continent's poor people depend on agriculture to feed their families and make a living. In Sub-Saharan Africa, around 218 million adults and children are undernourished. It is the only region where extreme poverty and hunger continues to rise.

Asian Trader
Manufacturer slams proposed sugar tax

Global drinks brand has criticised the proposed “sugar tax” for prevent- ing consumers from making their own lifestyle decisions.

Asian Trader
E-cigarettes: Healthy or not?

The controversy surrounding e-cigarettes has been fuelled by public concern and media speculation over the health risks and regulation of these products.

The Voice newspaper
What Now For Nigeria’s ‘Forced Marriage?'

THE LATE Nigerian political leader, Sir Ahmadu Bello, famously branded the unification of his country’s Northern and Southern provinces as “the mistake of 1914.”

Congo: The silent crisis

IT HAS been 53 years since the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) first legally elected prime minister, an event which many have argued contributed to the country's current economical and political crisis. Lumumba founded the National Congolese Movement (MNC) in 1958, and believed in the need for social and economic changes in the country.

Daily MailOnline
High childcare costs putting parents off working, as prices rise twice as fast as wages

Childcare costs are rising more than twice as fast as wages, leaving more families questioning whether it is worthwhile both partners working, according to a report. In England, the cost of a nursery place for a child of two or over has increased by 4.8% in the past year - far exceeding the 2.1 per cent rise in the average wage in the same period, the study by insurer Aviva has claimed.


Should you tell your daughter she's pretty?

Some parents may do it every day, but Ben Fogle's wife Marina has insisted she'll never tell her seven-year-old daughter she's pretty... because she thinks parents should praise effort rather than the result. She says, "By praising them for something over which they have no influence reinforces the idea that how a woman or girl looks is her crowning achievement."

Fair pay campaigner accuses government of failing to protect young workers

Tanya de Grunwald, founder of careers blog Graduate Fog , said employers had a responsibility to nurture and train young staff and not take advantage of their desperation for experience. This comes after a Department for Work and Pensions minister confirmed the government would be reviewing options for work placements as part of Prime Minister Theresa May's pledge to "make Britain work for all, not just the rich."

Suzy Lamplugh's father urges employers to prioritise personal safety in the workplace

Violence and aggression in the workplace and personal safety of young people inspired Paul and Diana to set up Trust in Suzy's name: Credit: Bill Knight Speaking at the 30th anniversary event of the charity Trust last Thursday, 28th July, Paul Lamplugh 85, said personal safety at work was just as important now than it was when his daughter disappeared 30 years ago.

Evening Standard
Terror of tourists stuck 65ft in the air on Southbank Starflyer ride

Tourists today told of their terror after being left dangling 65ft up for more than three hours after a fairground ride on the South Bank broke down. Fire crews plucked 19 stuck passengers, including six children, from 10 hanging capsules after the 260ft-high Starflyer swing-ride suffered a "technical malfunction".

Evening Standard
Watch this junior doctor resign live on TV

A junior doctor announced his resignation live on TV today ahead of the start of all-out strikes by medics. Dr Ben White told ITV's Good Morning Britain that he would be leaving his post with Barts Health NHS Trust after insisting he and his colleagues have been "backed into a corner" by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

International Business Times UK
Tunisia hotel attack: Tributes paid to victims as injured Brits fly back home

Tributes are being paid to the 38 people, including at least 15 Britons, killed in Tunisia in an attack near Sousse. Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, who had links with Islamic State, opened fire on holidaymakers at midday on Friday. He then entered at least one of the hotel lobbies, where grenades were also detonated.

Cyclist 'lost control on steep descent before he crashed and died in freak accident'

A passing doctor put the 40-year-old man into the recovery position after he lost control on the circuit in Richmond Park and skidded at high speed on gravel while descending Broomfield Hill. The man was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in a critical condition at 9.30am on Sunday and was pronounced dead several hours later.

Tiny flat with kitchen sink inches from the bed rented within hours... for £750 a month

The property in Kember Street, Islington, is described as a "fully furnished... modern studio apartment [which] comes complete and fully self contained" with "neutral deco and laminated floorboards throughout." Though no dimensions are included in the advertised details, there appears to be barely enough room to open the front door fully or walk around the bed.

Evening Standard
Job-hunter 'goes the extra mile' with sandwich board on bridge

Britain's most dedicated job-hunter has taken to the streets with a sandwich board asking for work after more than 1,000 failed applications in three months. Gerri Spiers, a 50-year-old secretary from Woolwich who was made redundant in February, turned herself into a walking advertisement after other approaches proved unsuccessful.

The moment man rides rare £2,000 bike stolen from cyclist's shed

Vernon Thomas, 69, was set to compete in the World Champion Duathlon in Spain at the end of the month when he discovered three custom made bikes had vanished from his home in Blackheath, south east London. The father-of-two told the Standard the theft of the bikes was "a real hammerblow."

Evening Standard
A night in the cells...squatters take over empty police station

Audacious squatters have set up home in an abandoned police station. The 15 east Europeans entered the boarded-up building in Norbury, and told officers who arrived five minutes later they would not leave until served with an eviction notice.

Hackney Gazette
Get rid of lines that are killing my business

A patisserie owner who says double yellow lines outside her shop are “killing her business” has launched a petition calling for parking restrictions to be scrapped.

Hackney Gazette
Teenager dies in climbing tragedy

The friends and teachers of a Hackney teenager who fell to his death while rock climbing in Costa Rica have been paying tribute to a “popular” and “inspirational” student. Lucas Drummond, 16, from Meynell Crescent, the son of former Hackney councillor John Drummond, died at the weekend following the tragic accident

Barnet Press
Mutilated Swan's Body Discovered

An environmentalist is fearful that bird slaughtering is on the rise after a carcass was discovered at a reservoir last week

The Voice Newspaper
Jealousy Leads To Friend's Acid Attack

A UNIVERSITY student disguised herself in a niqab and threw acid on her friend Naomi Oni’s face because she was jealous of her good looks, a court heard earlier this week.

Desmond Tutu: 'Inspiration' To Mankind

DURING THE apartheid regime in South Africa, Desmond Tutu stood as a beacon of hope, forgiveness and reconciliation for his country. The Templeton Prize has recognised this, and on May 21, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town was honoured at London's Guildhall for his lifetime achievements.


Beyoncé shows that women really do run the world

IT WAS certainly a star-studded day to remember. An almost unbelievable line-up of celebrities from Beyonce and J-Lo to John Legend, Timbaland and a surprise appearance from Mary J Blige all on the same bill. They had given their time to support the Sound of Change Live charity concert on Saturday (June 1).

Daily MailOnline
For an authentic take on Chinese food head to Yipin China

And let's face it, a girl's night in wouldn't feel complete without a dose of crispy seaweed, duck spring rolls and some crunchy prawn crackers. So, when I read that a new Hunanese restaurant called Yipin China had opened in the vibrant area of Islington, I was intrigued.

Daily MailOnline
From Lima to the streets of Soho, Ceviche arrives with a bang

Having spent some time in Peru, I was ecstatic to hear about Ceviche, a new Peruvian restaurant which had opened in the heart of Soho, owned by restaurateur Martin Morales and Chef Alejandro Bello. With Peruvian restaurants being a rarity in London, Ceviche signifies the unknown, one of its greatest strengths.

Daily MailOnline
Vine times in Rioja, where bucolic Basque Country meets astounding architecture

There is something distinctly Famous Five about this dark cave. I shiver as I spot cobwebs stretched across metal cages and struggle to stifle a yelp when something brushes past my face. But I needn't worry about catching baddies or finding treasure, the worst that can happen to me is a very bad hangover in this cool underbelly of a La Rioja vineyard.