It cannot be true that I learnt to read on my first day at kindergarten; but that’s what is mischievously stored in my memory. What is true, however, is that I learnt quickly, fell in love with the written word, and started writing my own poems and stories very early. My twelve published books include non-fiction, my own poetry collections and anthologies that I’ve edited. A list can be found on my website: www.marriages.me.uk/alwyn.htm. Most of these were commissioned, generally following on from a public lecture I’d given or an article I’d written. I edited a journal, and was a university lecturer in philosophy for seventeen years, before being head-hunted to be Director of two international literacy and literature NGOs — which involved extensive travel, during which I came to know most of the slums of the world and became an expert on banishing cockroaches from bedrooms. When I’d had enough of that I undertook an MSc in Environmental Architecture and Advanced Energy Studies, because I thought it was time I started to come to grips with science. My poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies, I have won and been placed in a number of competitions and have given poetry readings all over Britain and abroad. I’ve also held Poet in Residence posts with Ballet Rambert and with the Winchester Arts Festival, judged poetry and short story competitions and been awarded an international Rockefeller scholarship. I am now Managing Editor of Oversteps Books and research fellow at Surrey University.
Alwyn Marriage in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1952
What do you love about Short Stories?
Do you write in other forms?Poetry, non-fiction and more recently novels.
What distracts you from writing?
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?
What is your favourite book?
Who are your favourite writers?, and
Where is your dream location?
What one item would you put into Room 101?
Do you have any advice for new writers?Read, read, read and enjoy.
Work by Alwyn Marriage:
William Harvey's Visitor
In 1628, the English physician and anatomist, William Harvey, discovered the circulation of the blood. This story explores whether this great leap in medical knowledge might also be seen as a metaphor for something even more surprising. "William Harvey Esq was at his desk when God sidled in. Ungreeted, indeed unnoticed, God cleared the dirty coffee cups from the table, tidied up the tobacco pouch and ink - well, then set about laying a fire in the hearth. Still William Harvey’s head was bent in concentration over his papers: God is, after all, very easily missed. It was Spring 1629, the year after Harvey’s momentous book, On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, had exploded into the medical firmament to change the shape of that intellectual space for ever. Thought by many to have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Harvey had never experienced what it was to be penniless and unknown. After medical training in the finest institutions in Europe, he had married the daughter of Queen Elizabeth’s physician and was now, himself, personal physician to King Charles. Perhaps such a charmed life should have been enough for him, but his daemon of intellectual curiosity had led him through circuitous paths until, at the heart of the labyrinth he had had no option but to challenge the age - old wisdom of Galen by publishing his own revolutionary theory that in all animals, including humans, the blood is pumped around the body by the heart..."
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