and in the shop…
this poet is taking part in the poetry pRO project
Marion is now settled back in Lincolnshire after 15 years of travelling to and from Houston, Texas, where she worked as an English Advisor to an international geological consultancy firm. She is married to Michael, has two sons, their partners and two grandchildren.
She gained an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway in 2010, tutored by Andrew Motion and Jo Shapcott.
She was encouraged to start working more seriously at her writing on an Arvon course for teachers, led by Don Paterson in 1998. She sent her first poems off in 2000, and has since been published in a wide range of magazines, including The North, Mslexia, Ambit, The Interpreter’s House, Iota, Dream Catcher, Orbis and Seam. A poem of hers is included in the Cinnamon anthology Glimmer.
Travel and the contrast between different lifestyles play a big role in her writing, as does the impact of having suffered from encephalitis in 2010, which destroyed a strip of her brain, mostly concerned with memory: specifically names – of people, places, book titles, poets, plays etc – which was particularly devastating for an English teacher. Family, friends, Arvon courses and the Louth Writing Group have given great support and encouragement to get her back writing, along with the confidence and motivation to put a collection together.