Merrie Joy Williams is a poet, novelist, librettist, reviewer, and educator, with an MA in Creative Writing. She is a past winner of The Rosamond Prize for poet-composer collaboration. Krystallnacht, a chamber opera, debuted in 2016. Her work has featured in various publications, including The Interpreter’s House, The Colour of Madness anthology, Writing in Education, andManchester: A New Alphabet, where she worked with illustrators to eulogise the city of her birth. A former English teacher, most recently she has coached Creative Writing in schools, and in 2018 co-organised the first national residential for debut BAME fiction writers.
Merrie has been a poet-in-residence for ‘Let the Artists In!’ at MMU’s Special Collections, and is an alumnus of The London Writers Awards (Poetry, 2018-19). In 2016, Merrie won an Arts Council England award for her debut novel, SO. Both this and her poetry explore loss, faith, adolescence, and love.
Merrie practices yoga, meditation and prayer as part of an intuitive, holistic lifestyle. Areas of special insight and interest include the soul’s journey, mystical Christianity, and the angelic and miraculous.