Marian has been passionate about writing since childhood. Soon after leaving school she trained as a journalist at Harlow Technical College, Essex and was a reporter for Westminster Press (on the bi-weekly Ealing Gazette) for 3 years.

She studied Philosophy at London University (Bedford College), during which time she wrote journals and made forays into fiction writing, winning first prize in the Charnwood Arts Short Story Competition.

In order to support herself as a writer, she has worked as a nanny and as a psychiatric nurse.

Since 1992 she has run Creative Writing workshops and courses for Lancashire Adult Learning, the Open University, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Cumbria. She has also taught in secondary schools and judges an annual Writing Competition for Wycliffe College, in Gloucestershire.

Marian is London-born, of Irish parents. In her twenties she moved to Leicester and from there came to Lancaster in 1990, intending to spend a year here but never leaving. She enjoys the friendliness of the town and its beautiful surrounding countryside, along with its close proximity to the Lakes.

Marian’s first love is the short story form. She is currently building a collection of her stories as well as working on a novel.

She co-founded Blue Lizard Theatre Company for which she was a playwright, director, technician and producer.

For 10 years she was a script reader and dramaturg for North West Playwrights and played a similar role for Cumbrian Playwrights.

Marian enjoys reading, walking, yoga, gardening and movies.

Qualifications and memberships

  • MA Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy (2:1)



In 1994 Marian edited an anthology of stories by northern writers called Northern Lights (Lancaster House Publications).

Her stories (Tell Me Sandra, The Visit and The Pear Tree) have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Other stories and poems have been published in The London Magazine, Declassified Material, Sunk Island Review, Iron Magazine, Fresh Starts, Guilty Secrets , Charnwood Writers Magazine, Ripley Poetry Competition Anthology, This Time With Poetry and Thynks Publications.

In 1997 Lancaster Litfest commissioned Marian, along with writers George Green and Jayne Steele, to write interlinking stories around the local setting of Williamson Park. The resulting works (including Marian’s story, No Picnic) were read to a packed house.


Death & Bumfluff was awarded first prize in The Library of Avalon Short Story Competition judged by Alice Thomas Ellis (1991).

To the Sea won first prize in Real Writers Poetry Competition, judged by Liz Cashdan (1994)

Forgetting was long-listed for The Bridport Short Story Prize in 2010.

Marian has received funding from North West Arts and East Midlands Arts for her plays and fiction. 

Stage Plays and Theatre Work

The Reading Room toured nationally from 2005 – 2009 with Blue Lizard Theatre Company, to critical acclaim.

Standing in the Light toured the North West with Freehold Theatre Company 2007

Too Good To be True (with Steve Ashton) premiered at Brewery Arts Centre January 2004

Kettle of Fish (with Steve Ashton) premiered 2002 and toured the North West 2003

Bridge of Tears was commissioned by The Samaritans, for performance 2002

Something and Nothing – workshopped by North West Playwrights and Brewery Theatre Company, 1999