Marnie Meets

I am often invited to speak to people about my work as a ghostwriter, editor and memoir mentor. On this page I will share podcasts, discussions and events that I have taken part in.

I am also a professional interviewer and attend literary festivals, book launches and other events where I interview some extremely interesting people in a variety of professions. I will be sharing these events, when I can, through a variety of mediums such as audio, video and written transcript.

Marnie interviewed me about my memoir Have You Been Good? for Whit Lit in 2015. Before we met at the festival, we had a long telephone conversation and I was struck at how quickly she understood my book. Her intelligence, warmth and sensitivity made the interview on the day feel more like a conversation with an old friend. A year later she interviewed me a second time on stage about my memoir-based stories The Truth Game, again asking leading questions to help articulate my thoughts.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Marnie to anyone looking for guidance in telling their story.

Vanessa Nicolson, memoirist and granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West

Marnie conducted my interview at the Whitstable Book Festival with skill and sensitivity. She was a good listener and took a genuine interest in her subject. We had a capacity audience for what was a very successful afternoon.

Terry Waite CBE

 

I was delighted when Marnie agreed to provide a workshop for the 2018 Kent Festival of Writing. Zuihitzu, the Japanese art of following the pen, proved a very attractive proposition for our delegates and we were oversubscribed. Neither Marnie or I wanted to turn anyone away, so it was a packed event!

Afterwards, the feedback was universally positive. Many writers found this an incredible way to express themselves and were amazed at what the technique brought forward. Marnie’s gentle, inclusive and confiding approach proved a very nurturing environment for our writers and complemented our other workshops very well.

Sue Bassett
Director
Kent Festival of Writing

I have been lucky enough to work with Marnie on several occasions where she has interviewed, hosted and compèred events I have been managing. Marnie is a joy to watch at work. When the lights dim and she takes the microphone, I feel totally at ease knowing that everything will be safe in her hands. Marnie has a real gift. She is razor sharp, well researched, able to anticipate the guests’ responses as well as gently following or leading them down unexpected paths. Marnie makes everybody in the room, including her guest(s) feel completely at ease. A true professional and a diamond to work with.

Nancy Clark
Director
Lemon & Honey (Events & Fundraising)

In the run-up weekend to our 2018 festival Marnie hosted a very well attended day of memoir-writing events, beginning with a moving, eloquent discussion in which she talked to author Sarah Pullen about her memoir A Mighty Boy. As an interviewer Marnie is a true professional, asking thought-provoking yet sensitive and heartfelt questions, and putting everyone at ease in that lovely, warm way of hers. This was followed by a memoir-writing workshop in which delegates, quite frankly, didn’t want to leave! A big thank you to Marnie for a memorable day and her really lovely contribution to the overall success of the festival.

Amanda Dackombe
co-director of Faversham Literary Festival

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