Merlynda’s Poetry Awards:
Winner - The Golden Grove/Forward Poetry Award
Winner - The Leaf Bookjacket Award
Second Prize-Winner - The PIM Poetry Award
Highly-Commended - The Portico Poetry Prize
Highly-Commended - The Serendipity Poetry Award
Finalist - The National Poetry Slam (Poetry Rivals)
Merlynda was the ‘Comedy Poetry Expert’ for BBC Radio’s ‘Functional Poetry Initiative Challenge’
Merlynda’s Songwriting Awards:
Highly-Commended – The WM Composers Award For Song
Semi-Finalist – 4 times – The UK Songwriting Contest
Commended – 3 times – The UK Songwriting Contest
Merlynda’s Songs have been published by:
Boulevard Music Publishing and KKOS Music Publishing.
Merlynda’s Instrumental Music Compositions have been choreographed by the Royal Academy of Dance school in Ireland – and in Cyprus - and were Premiered at The EQ International Festival of Dance, Ireland.
Merlynda’s Speech & Acting Awards:
LLAM of LAMDA (Speech and Acting)
Licentiate and Associate of:
The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
4 x Honours Medals in Speech and Acting
2 x Gold HONOURS Medals in Speech and Acting
2 x Silver HONOURS Medals in Speech and Acting
1 x Bronze Medal in Speech
44 Poetry Anthologies Pubd: Forward Press - 1996 to date
‘Flight or Fight Poetry Collection’ Pubd: 2012
'The Tale of The Goat & The Wolf - A Verse-Fable' this epic poem is also recorded as a Poetry Audio Book - Pubd: 2009
‘ACT! Alone ~ Scene-Stealing High Comedy Monologues For Performers & Speakers’ Pubd: GAPP 2001
‘Master The Art’ Pubd: The Art Institute 1998
Merlynda is a former Magazine Columnist of:
‘The Observer Series of Newspapers’
and former Copy Editor for 'The Financial Times'
Merlynda is the Founder & Editor of:
‘The Poetry Box Magazine' - www.ThePoetryBox.co.uk
Merlynda Founded the following Annual International Poetry Awards:
‘The Poetry Box Silver Cup Trophy Annual Award’
‘The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award’
Merlynda Founded The Ventriloquist Club of Great Britain and is The VC of GB’s Judge of Duologues and Scripts for Ventriloquists.
Merlynda is also The VC of GB’s resident Trainer in Ventriloquism and Public Speaking.
Merlynda is a Full Member of EQUITY.
Merlynda is Fully CRB-Checked and DBS-Checked.
Merlynda's Live Poetry Radio Broadcasts To Date:
BBC Radio Solent
BBC Southern Counties
BBC 3 Counties
(this broadcast of Merlynda reading a selection of Verse-Fables and Funny Fairytales-In-Verse was also recorded for Hospital Radio and is regularly repeated)
Merlynda's Art and Illustration Publications:
Merlynda's Cartoons, Caricatures, Artworks and Illustrations are published by Thames & Hudson, and The AOI, and in a variety of other publications, to date. Her Cartoons are regularly exhibited at The International Salon of Cartoonists & Caricaturists in France (since 1996) and her Paintings and Drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
A Full Exhibitions List to date and Further details are Available Upon Request.