Marienna is a bolshie but bereaved social justice advocate who now spends most of her time fighting for Justice for Gaia.
She is also a writer and has been published by the the Guardian, Al Jazeera, New Internationalist, the Leap, Red Pepper, the Reader, IRIN and Huffington Post UK, amongst others.
In a past life, she was an activist and journalist based in London and studied Politics & International Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, known to its friends as SOAS or “So-Has”, as her mum still insists on calling it. In her student days, she was a devoted troublemaker, raging against some of the things that make life just a bit too shit to bear, like climate change, poverty, oppression, war and forced migration, now widely referred to as ‘the migrant crisis’ for reasons she also rages against.
Marienna went on to co-found Brick Lane Debates, work as a freelance reporter, editor and campaigner, and has also had the pleasure of working for the likes of War on Want, Refugee Week and Right to Remain.
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 she’s not above it. First, of course, she’s got to write something new…
She is also – occasionally – on twitter @MariennaPW