Hello, I’m Meryl. I write poems as well as prose.
The other thing I do with my life is teach. I taught secondary school English and Drama in my twenties and thirties, and then spent some time as a freelance educator in museums, before teaching creative writing and poetry for a range of educational institutions. I’ve given creative writing workshops in schools, prisons, museums and city squares – and taught for the Arvon Foundation, Morley College, Poetry School – and the University of East Anglia, from which I obtained my PhD in Critical and Creative Writing in 2016. I’ve just finished a fixed-term lectureship there and am currently taking some time out to work on a couple of writing projects.
I’m interested in the encounters between interiority, place and environment, how gendered bodily experience might inflect that – and particularly at the moment, listening, sound and textual representation.
Please Note: If you’re thinking of engaging me as a speaker or reader – firstly, thank you! Secondly, I should alert you that I no longer appear on all-white panels where possible.
My third poetry pamphlet, Wife of Osiris, was published by Verve Poetry Press in May 2021.
Natural Phenomena, (2018, Penned-in-the-Margins) was my first, full-length collection. It was the Poetry Book Society’s Spring Guest Selection for that year, Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes, a Poetry School Book of the Year and long-listed in the 2020 Laurel Prize.