Marian Womack was born in Andalusia and educated in the UK. She is a graduate of the San Diego Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and she holds degrees from Glasgow, Oxford and Cambridge universities. Her writing is concerned with nature and it features strange landscapes, ghostly encounters, and uncanny transformations through a variety of genres – experimental and hybrid fiction, speculative fiction, ecofiction, and fiction of the Anthropocene. Collecting, curating, and our relationship with objects, their role as ‘future’ memory-making artefacts, is also present in her work.
Marian’s debut short story collection in English, Lost Objects (Luna Press, 2018), was shortlisted for two BSFA awards and one BSF award. Her novel The Swimmers (Titan Books, Autumn 2020) is a response to Wide Sargasso Sea set in a near-future Andalusia. She has also published one novel in Spanish, Memoria de la Nieve (Memory of the Snow, 2011), and has co-edited with Gary Budden the international ecofiction anthology An Invite to Eternity: Tales of Nature Disrupted (2019). Marian is also the author of a series of gothic/enviornmental novels featuring female detective Helena Walton-Cisneros in fin-de-siècle London. Of these, the first instalment, The Golden Key, an uncanny tale of liminal spaces and environments tainted by human interaction, has just been published by Titan Books (2020).
Marian’s doctoral research investigates impactful ways of communicating the climate crisis through writing. She is interesting in the intersection of storytelling with other media, and has collaborated with diverse initiatives, including art installations, video games, and activist campaigns. Her writing was included in the Earth Day 2019 installation in Somerset House alongside work by Timothy Morton, Greta Thunberg, and Zadie Smith, and she has been commissioned fiction for the Norwegian Writers’ Climate Campaign. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction has been published in a number of international anthologies and magazines, and she has been translated into Italian. Marian teaches on the Oxford University writing programme, co-runs a micro-press, and is an enthusiast collage and pamphlet-maker. She is represented by Alexander Cochran at the C&W Agency.
“Slow-burning gothic to folk horror to environmentalism and the destructive arrogance of imperialism. The end result is a smart, haunting novel that stuns the reader with its elegance and beauty but refuses to leave their mind after reading. Although the year has only just begun, if I read another novel as good as this in 2020 I will be doing well.” Jonathan Thornton, The Fantasy Hive
“Graceful, moving, confident and intricate, like slipping into a warm bath and finding secret thorns there to pierce the heart.” Catherynne Valente, Locus Award-winning author of Space Opera and Deathless