Biography - Amelia Marriette
I was born in North Wales to English parents. When I was seven, my parents moved to Malvern in Worcestershire, a very beautiful place right in the heart of England. I began my working career with the Ministry of Defence at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in my home town. There, I was offered training to become a computer operator working in Radar simulation. But I am from a family of artists, and I felt drawn to the arts, so I completed my first degree in Humanities through the Open University whilst continuing to work full time. After this, I finally plucked up the courage to resign from my post at the Ministry of Defence to read for a Master of Arts (MA) in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon (University of Birmingham). After graduation, I worked as a Script Reader for the RSC for several years, and by continually asking if any jobs were available and being a general nuisance, I was offered a part-time job at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon and given the opportunity to curate my very first exhibition. Inspired by this, I applied to St. Andrew's University and obtained a post-graduate diploma in Museum and Gallery Studies. My first job after I qualified was at the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham; I was the curator there for four years. My last post in this field was as the Keeper of Art at Torre Abbey in Torquay.
While in Devon, I was asked to present my own radio show on Riviera FM radio. You can follow this link to my Soundcloud account to listen to some past recordings of Amelia's Culture Show.
In 2015 a new relationship and redundancy led to an opportunity to begin anew; my partner and I relocated to the Carinthian Region of Southern Austria in June 2015. In 2019 my book Walking into Alchemy, about my new life in Austria, was published by Mereo Books of Cirencester, which is currently in the top 100 books in the Fitness Through Walking category in the UK. In 2021 the German edition - Alchemie des Gehens - was published.
As well as focusing on my writing, I am an English Trainer in Austria and a lecturer in Shakespeare Studies in Austria and the UK.
In addition to this, I have written several pieces for the stage, and I have a continuing relationship with Malvern Theatre Players, who have performed all of my work. My comedy about the printing of Shakespeare's First Folio was first performed as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Fringe Festival in 2001. It was published by Lazy Bee Scripts in December 2018. The 8th of November, 2023, marks the 400th anniversary of the publishing of Shakespeare's First Folio. I am delighted to announce that my play will form the centrepiece of an 8-day First Folio Festival in Malvern from 5th - 12th November 2023