Meryl is an award-winning poet and writer with over 15 years of experience in teaching. Meryl began her teaching career teaching 11-18 year olds with posts as Head of Year and Head of English. She went on to be a freelance educator for museums, teaching children, adults and young offenders. Meryl has also worked as an associate tutor for the Creative Writing degree course at the University of East Anglia.
In addition to her years of experience, Meryl has her Masters degrees in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths and Learning and Teaching of English and Literacy from the Institute of Education, University of London. She also completed her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2017.
Meryl has had her work published in several anthologies including Goldfish 3 and Entering the Tapestry, as well as appearing the Poetry Review, Poetry London and other publications. Meryl has won several awards for her work including the Jerwood/ Arvon Young Poet Apprenticeship and was awarded a fully funded faculty studentship to study for a PhD.
Meryl is also an author of two pamphlets (Relinquish, Arrowhead Press, 2007 and The Bridle, Salt, 2011), and her debut poetry collection was published by Penned in the Margins in February 2018. Natural Phenomena is the Poetry Book Society's Guest Selection for Spring 2018.
Personal influences include Shakespeare, John Donne, T S Eliot, the weather, the area in East London where she lives, the music of The Pixies and a regular supply of tea and baked goods.