Marjorie H Morgan
Writer, Playwright, and Journalist
I was born in Wiltshire, England. A child of the 1960s. My parents were recent migrants from Jamaica in the Caribbean, and had chosen to settle in the countryside in the West of England, they hoped they would make new roots in a place that reminiscent of the lush areas of Jamaica that they had recently left. As it happened, my birth wasn’t solitary; they both had to be reborn with fresh identities in a new and foreign land. We all grew up together.
My reading and writing, from a very early age, was my salvation in a confusing world. My home life was a recreation of Jamaican behaviour and sensibilities, whilst my school life was as typically English as one could imagine. I was born learning to negotiate parallel identities to forge my way between my parents and the world.
Writing saved me from imploding. It still does.
I am a writer, playwright, and journalist with special interest in cultural and social politics.
I was short-listed for the International 15th Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing – 2018: Let Them Eat Cake.
I have been published in the Guardian, the Northampton News and Herald, and WordsWords – a University of Northampton literary magazine.
I am a co-author of Sharing the Past, a book that has been collectively authored and edited by members of the Northamptonshire Black History Association (2008). It presents an overview of Northamptonshire’s connections to the wider world, and especially to Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent.
From the introduction of Sharing the Past: “This book is about sharing the past for the sake of our shared future.“
As a previous Director of Northamptonshire Black History Association I was involved in the management of the organisation that won a national award from CILIP: Libraries Change Lives (2005).
I worked as a Research Assistant at the Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment where I assisted in the research and publication on a range of aspects of citizenship, cross-cultural fostering and adoption, and refugee migration in East and Central Africa.
My fiction, poetry and scripts have been published in three anthologies collections (2018). I also teach creative writing.
I am a Writer-in-Residence for the Liverpool Independents Biennial Arts Festival (2018), and my work has been displayed at Tate, Liverpool.