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1 Photograph taken by Karl Romedius Giesriegel, overlooking the Ij in Amsterdam on a cold spring day.  2 Marie wishes she had remembered to brush her hair.

Chapter I

Marie Phillips is a writer, storyteller and coach, based in London. Her novels are the international bestseller ‘Gods Behaving Badly’, which was made into a feature film starring Christopher Walken and Sharon Stone, the Baileys Prize-longlisted ‘The Table of Less Valued Knights’, and the Shakespearean comedy ‘Oh, I Do Like To Be...’ With author and playwright Robert Hudson, she has written two series for BBC Radio 4, including ‘Warhorses of Letters’, starring Stephen Fry, which ran for three acclaimed seasons. Her latest book, ‘Create Your Own Midlife Crisis’, was published in November 2019.

Following a music and spoken word collaboration with the composer-performer Anne La Berge (‘Assail’, performed at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam), Marie became drawn to the immediacy and intimacy of storytelling, and undertook training at the Mezrab Storytelling School. While Marie’s written work is best known for its comedic style, in performance she explores a deeper range of emotions. Her work showcases her interest in history and mythology and the ways that it can be brought to life through the prism of the modern world and her own lived experience.

Marie coaches one on one and in groups. She has taught creative writing in schools with the First Story scheme and mentored emerging writers through the Womentoring Project. She particularly enjoys working with creative professionals on specific projects, helping guide the process from initial idea to completion.

“As if Jane Austen were rewriting Terry Pratchett” – the Guardian.