Marie lives on her own in Picton, in the beautiful, unequalled Marlborough Sounds – top of the South Island, New Zealand. She writes stories, poems, articles of varying lengths including young adults and children’s stories. She loves writing stories that will intrigue people, making them wanting to read more, especially if they have a ‘twist’ in them – which they invariably do!
Marie tutors The Writer’s of Picton and is a member of both the Picton Poetry Club and Blenheim Writers Group. She also teaches two writing groups; one for those starting out and another for a more advanced group – which she enjoys greatly.
Marie won the Auckland Museum’s adult section of their ANZAC day poetry competition (2013) with her poem In Remembrance.
She does have one grumble however…a Mr Nobody has taken up residence in her house and will insist on drinking her cups of coffee – and does not make her a fresh one when she needs it – drat!
Work In Progress
Marie has a book of poems and texts to be edited, and another romance novel ready to be published. This one takes place 1800’s and the mid 1900’s, Love In Hiding.
The first book in a series called Three of The Emas – The Traveller is also ready for publication.
Hear the Sea Sing (Book I)
And the Islands Cried (Book 2)
Reflections – Collection of poems from the Picton Poets – 4 poems
The Hawk Has Landed – Inaugural Canrig Publishing- Poetry Competition.
An Endless Place – International Library of Poetry.
The Great Kiwi Summer Poetry Slam – 3 poems.
She also has a poem – White Cross on a RAF airman (Ron Brand’s ) grave in Woensel General Cemetery, Einhoven, Netherlands. He was a New Zealander who fought with the RAF. He was shot down during a bombing raid and was missing for many years. Then his plane, with the crew on board, was finally found – all were buried by the people of the Netherlands. The poem was also published in the Blenheim Sun – ANZAC edition. Ken & Jean Holland flew over to Ron’s grave (Jean’s brother) and placed a laminated copy on his grave. Others saw the poem and asked if they could have copies to place on their relatives graves also.
Published Short Stories
Marie has short stories published in numerous books
Ragwort and Thistles – an anthology of true stories/poems ‘of life’ celebrating women on the land and I Saw Love Today, a collection of works about love in its many guises. The latter book contained a story of Marie’s called Angel Marks in regard to which she received an email from a reader who was so taken by the story that she searched over and over on the internet to find the plastic surgeon and the artist. Not being able to she emailed Marie to ask about them – how about that for a believable, but fictional story based on fact?
The Journey – New Zealand Anthology of Poetry and Prose on Hope
Bay Of Plenty Region – NZSA – Memoir & Local History Competition
Published Articles / Magazine Contributions / Newspaper
New Zealand: Wild Tomato, Grey Power (monthly magazine and online), Picton Seaport News (weekly paper), Skipper Magazine (monthly seaman’s magazine), Fresh Magazine, The Prow (online)
International: Freemantle Herald newspaper Australia; Whitby Gazette England.
She also wrote a column (500 words) for the Wanganui Chronicle– now known as Wanganui Newspapers. for each Saturday edition for a number of years till she moved to the South Island.
She collates, edits, prints and publishes a monthly newsletter/magazine called Wilderness Whispers, now in its 11th year, and contributes to the Edwin Fox Society Newsletter The Voyager – 2 editions per year.
Tricky Dicky, a story of a little mouse was written and donated to Picton Primary School, Room 7, as a fund raiser. The children, 7-8 yrs old illustrated it, (some pretty unusual mice and dogs we might add) and it was published. A few copies are still available from the school. It raised $1500+ for books for each class in the school. Many other children’s stories being correlated into a book/s.
Donated to the New Zealand Red Cross as a fund raiser. Emblem of Hope (c)
NZ Alzheimers Society – donation for back to back card giveaways, She Remembers & His Memories. (c)