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 its disappearance, dealing with strange landscapes, ghostly encounters, and uncanny transformations. Her fiction focuses on these through a variety of genres, such as speculative fiction, ecofiction, and fiction of the Anthropocene.
Marian’s debut short story collection in English, Lost Objects (Luna Press, 2018), was shortlisted for two BSFA awards and one BSF award. She has one novel and one novella forthcoming: The Golden Key (Titan Books, 2020), an uncanny tale of liminal spaces and environments tainted by human interaction, and The Swimmers (Titan Books, 2021) 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’s writing appears in a number of international anthologies and magazines, has formed part of an installation for Earth Day 2019 in Somerset House alongside work by Timothy Morton, Greta Thunberg, and Zadie Smith, and she has recently been commissioned to write fiction pieces for the Norwegian Writers’ Climate Campaign. She is also a trained eco-educator, and holds a PhD in creative writing and ecopoetics. She teaches literary genre fiction on the Oxford University writing programme, and is co-editor at Calque Press. She is represented by Alexander Cochran at the C&W Agency.
On LOST OBJECTS
“An intriguing and illuminating first collection, chockfull of interesting ideas about the natural world and ourselves.” Jeff VanderMeer
“Addresses humankind’s senseless despoliation of its home in subtle, profoundly affecting ways.” Los Angeles Review of Books
“Fiction that blends a fantastic sense of place with a haunting glimpse of the near future; it’s work that’s difficult to shake–which is the point.” Vol. 1 Brooklyn
On THE GOLDEN KEY
“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
‘The Golden Key mesmerises, offers a door to another world – one which casts an uncanny light on our own self-destruction.’ Katherine Stansfield, author of Falling Creatures