Marienna is a writer, storyteller and changemaker with ten years’ experience in media and social justice work. She also offers freelance communications consultancy and is fighting for Justice for Gaia.
As a journalist, Marienna has written on social justice issues for a range of publications including the Guardian, the Independent, Red Pepper, the Wellcome Collection, Hunger Magazine, Huffington Post, Novara, New Internationalist and IRIN.
Marienna’s 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 is currently studying on a scholarship at Birkbeck College, University of London for Creative Writing MA. Marienna also holds a 1:1 Politics & Development Studies BSc (Hons) from her time at SOAS, after which she began working in media and co-founded the political education collective, Brick Lane Debates.
Marienna now lives in Purbeck and works as Head of Communications for the IWGB union supporting precarious and frontline workers, having done similar work with community organisers, refugees and human rights defenders from the global south, working with the likes of War on Want, the Social Change Agency and Right to Remain.
Marienna’s name is Danish and pronounced My-ena so she’s known as Mya for short. People sometimes get confused and think she’s either two completely different people (which is untrue) or one person with a secretive alter-ego (which if true, is incidental.)