Marienna is a writer and a bolshie but bereaved social justice advocate fighting for Justice for Gaia.
Her creative writing has been shortlisted for the short fiction Booker Prize at Birkbeck (2019) and long listed for the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize (2020). She’s currently studying at Birkbeck for an MA in Creative Writing. As a journalist, she has written on social justice issues for the Guardian, Independent, Hunger Magazine, New Internationalist and Red Pepper amongst others.
She currently lives in Purbeck, studying part-time on a scholarship for a Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck, University of London. Alongside her studies she works as Head of Communications for the IWGB union supporting precarious and frontline workers, having done similar work in the past with previously done similar work with refugees and human rights defenders with some really brilliant organisations like War on Want, Right to Remain and This Changes Everything UK.
In a past life, she studied Politics & International Development at SOAS, University of London. A devoted troublemaker in her student days she, she went on to co-found Brick Lane Debates and work as a freelance reporter, editor and campaigner.
Marienna’s father was Danish and Marienna is a Danish name, pronounced My-ena. Since no one can pronounce it, she is also known as Mya and many people thinks she’s either two completely different people (which is untrue) or one person with a secretive alter-ego (which if true, is incidental.)
She doesn’t want to have to adopt a gender-neutral pen name just to get published, but won’t necessarily remain above it.