Marian Womack is a bilingual writer (English and Spanish), and co-founder of Calque Press. She is a graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop, and her debut English-language eco-storytelling collection, Lost Objects, was published in 2018 by Luna Press . Her fiction has been part of an installation in Somerset House about activism and ecology, translated into Italian, and nominated for both BSFA and British Fantasy Awards. She teaches creative writing at Oxford University, and works for Cambridge University Libraries in a teaching and engagement role. Her doctoral research looks at the communication of climate change through fiction, and the intersections of eco-storytelling, independent publishing, and activism.
Marian has two novels forthcoming from Titan Books in 2020. The Golden Key is a supernatural detective story set in Norfolk in 1901, in which fairies and parallel worlds get mixed with a possible environmental catastrophe. The Swimmers is an experimental novella set in Andalusia in the near-future, where the ravages of climate change have transformed society.
Marian enjoys collage-making and is a novice and enthusiastic pamphlet maker. She is represented by Alexander Cochran at the C&W Agency.
SOME NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT 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” Tim Jarvis (Los Angeles Review of Books)
“This book, with its sharp edges and its thematic urgency and its painful admissions of weakness and of fear, is a collection that highlights everything that speculative fiction, of all possible modes of literature, excels at” Nina Allan (Interzone)
“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.” Tobias Carroll (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)
“These stories, where birds drop from the sky and giant butterflies haunt the imagination, fizz with a unique and strange originality” Gary Budden (writer and co-founder of Influx Press)
“Lost Objects is a gorgeous, intelligent collection, both masterfully written and cannily prescient… and crafted in a manner that I suspect we will come to recognise as uniquely Womack” Laura Mauro (Black Static)
“Luminous and disturbing as the unearthly things they describe, Marian Womack’s gorgeously written tales map the shifting boundaries between waking life and dream, past and future and our own profoundly unsettled present. Reading them left me with goosebumps, and the craving for more stories by this supremely gifted new writer” Elizabeth Hand
“Marian Womack weaves together the lyricism of Angela Carter, the mad imagination of China Miéville, and the earthiness of Robert Macfarlane. This book–an aviary of the strange, a vital evocation of wild and fleeting spirits–marks the emergence of a fantastic new talent” Helen Marshall
“A wonderful collection! […] ‘Kingfisher’ is a gut punch of a read.. And really it captures how fraught and isolating experience writing can be, always struggling to make it a priority in a world where it is not… And yeah, it’s real and it’s wrenching and it’s quite, quite good’ * Charles Payseur
“A beautiful, haunting eulogy to our planet” Eco-Fiction
“Exquisite prose, mesmerizing imagery, and apocalyptic/postapocalyptic vision that was anything but dark and depressing. Womack has the gift of bringing other/future worlds to life such that we lose ourselves completely in her vision” Rachel Cordasco
“Another prime example of a first collection powerful enough to scar, and one you can expect to see on award short-lists next year” Simon Strantzas
“For a debut, Lost Objects looks to a great range of sources and shoulders an immense weight” Weird Fiction Review
“These short story gems dance at the edge of the world, finding poetry in loss and devastation. Marian Womack is an artist with a unique and powerfully-wrought vision” Una MacCormack