Merlynda's Award-Winning Poetry is Published in 47Poetry Anthologies, as 16 Solo Poetry Collections, and as 3 Poetry Audio Books, to date.

In addition, her verse appears in her Collection of Monologues and Speeches for Performers (Title: 'Act Alone!' - Published GAPP), as an Epic Verse-Fable Booklet (Title: 'The Tale of The Goat & The Wolf'), now on the Reading List for poetry students in Albania under the auspices of Ferit Lemaj, as a Romantic-Gothic Poetry Pamphlet (Title: 'Horror Poetry - A Pocket Collection'), in a variety of Poetry Magazines and Poetry Publications (printed and online), by The Poetry Society, as two Comedy Poetry Collections For Adults (Title: 'Naughty But Nice!' and 'NAUGHTY! NAUGHTY!) - in several Poetry Booklets for Children (under her pseudonym 'Merlynda Jelly-Jaws') (Titles: 'Jolly Rhymes!', '6 Fairytales & Verse-Fables 4 YOU!', 'Tiggee Tatter & Ticklee', 'The Tale of The Goat & The Wolf') - as a Romantic Love, Bereavement, Nature and Place-Inspired Collection - inspired and created to celebrate her life and work in the tiny mysterious North Devon village of Bucks Mills (Title: 'The Romance of Bucks Mills') - and - as a Collection of War Poems to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One (Title: 'War Poems - A Collection For Remembrance 1918-2018')

In addition, her latest Comedy,Romantic Love Poetry and Romantic Nature Poetry Collections are printed as booklets - and further Collections of her romantic love poetry, gothic poetry - and romantic bereavement poetry - is due for publication in book form - and - as illustrated posters - shortly.

Her poetry is frequently broadcast - both live and as pre-recorded poetry recitations - on Radio - (including various live BBC Radio broadcasts) - and - she has performed selections of her works live at a variety of Poetry & Literary Festivals.

Merlynda has performed her Award-winning Poetry For Adults, her Romantic Love Poetry, Romantic Bereavement Poetry & Romantic Nature Poetry Recitals  as a Solo/Headline Performance Poet at a wide variety of venues and for a wide variety of Events, such as:

Poetry Festivals, Literary Festivals, Public Commemorative Events, Poetry Open Mic Events and organising and compering Poetry Open Mic Nights and Matinees, Valentine's Day Celebrations, Receptions -Weddings - Anniversaries, Residential & Care Homes, at Seasonal Events and at Live Music Events and Concerts

Born into a Professional Musical and Operatic family, Merlynda studied Speech and Acting with LAMDA (The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) to achieve her Licentiateship - and began performing and reciting to live audiences when she was just 8 years old - at:

  • The Civic Hall (1500-seater Concert venue) - now 'G-Live' - in Guildford, Surrey

  • a variety of Theatres/Venues throughout Surrey - and on the London Fringe Theatre circuit

  • at The Actors Institute in London

  • at The LAMDA MacOwen Theatre, London

- at prestigious Country Estates & Stately Homes - such as:

  • The Elvetham Country Estate

  • Little Thakeham

  • and at the request of Baroness Golding for Members of The Law Lords (The House of Lords)

- and at top London Hotels - such as:

  • The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park/Park Lane, London 

Merlynda has performed her Award-Winning Poetry and Songs at a variety of Festivals too - including:

  • The Havant Literary Festival - as Live Performance Poet Support Act to BBC DJ Mike Harding - and - conducting her own hilarious Ventriloquism Workshops For Adults

  • The Beer & Oyster Festival - As Performance Poet & Walkabout Ventriloquist

  • The Ripley Festival - As Performance Poet & Walkabout Ventriloquist

  • The Christmas Festival, Hampshire - As Performance Poet & Walkabout Ventriloquist

  • The Milford Festival, Surrey - As Performance Poet and Puppeteer - and - as Punch & Judy Professor 'Professor Melodrama'

  • The Oakwood Theatre, Chichester, West Sussex - As Puppeteer - and - as Punch & Judy Professor 'Professor Melodrama'

  • The Port Solent May Festival, Port Solent, Hampshire - As Poet-Puppeteer - and - as Punch & Judy Professor 'Professor Melodrama'

  • The Festival of Chichester - As Performance Poet

And - Solo Poetry Readings, Romantic Love Poetry Readings & Recitals - as Solo Verse-Fabulist - and - as Romantic Epic Poet - occasionally including a number of her original songs - at:

  • East Hill House, Hampshire

  • Rakelands House, Hampshire

  • Milkwood House, Hampshire

  • The Festival Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire

  • O'Connors and The Secret Garden, Hampshire

  • The Wheelwrights, Hampshire

  • The White Hart, West Sussex

  • Christmas Cabaret, Rogate, West Sussex

  • The Godwin, Haslemere, Surrey

Live on Radio - at:

  • BBC Radio Solent

  • BBC Radio 3 Counties

  • BBC Radio South

  • Radio Lion

  • Delta Radio

  • Spirit FM

Merlynda is a Licentiate and Associate of The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and has 4 Honours Medals in Speech and Acting - in addition to various Diplomas in Journalism and Creative Writing.

For details of her various Poetry, Ballad/Song/Lyrics, Illustration/Art and other Awards to date - please see the 'Awards' page.

Merlynda is also Founder - and - the former Editor - of: 'The Poetry Box Magazine' - an internationally respected, A4-sized, Illustrated and Printed Romantic Poetry and Epic Poetry Magazine.

Merlynda is also the Founder and Editor of: 'The Bucks Mills Poetry Magazine' - a Nature and Placed Themed Illustrated and Printed Bi-Monthly poetry magazine, based in Bucks Mills, North Devon.

Merlynda is a former Magazine and Newspaper Columnist of: 'The Observer Series of Newspapers' - and - a former Copy Editor/Subs Manager at: 'The Financial Times' (FinTech Technical Publications).

Merlynda is frequently engaged as a Poetry Judge, Poetry Critic and Poetry Book Reviewer - and - as the Founder and Principal Trainer of the former 'The Ventriloquist Club of Great Britain' - a frequently commissioned Ventriloquism Books/Scripts - and - Scripts/Duologues - Reviewer and Editor.

Merlynda is the Author of the hugely popular Monologues & Speeches Collection: 'ACT! ALONE - Scene-Stealing High Comedy Monologues & Verse For Performers & Speakers' (Pubd. GAPP 2001) and: 'The Tale of The Goat and The Wolf' - A Verse-Fable (Pubd. GAPP 2009) - which she also recorded as a Poetry Audio Book utilising her amazing 'Vocal Characterization' skills, much acclaimed by verse-fabulists and poetry performers. 

Merlynda's Publications are Available via all good bookshops, via online booksellers - and directly from The Bucks Mills Gallery, St Anne's Cottage, Bucks Mills, Bideford, Devon EX39 5DY, England. 

For details regarding Merlynda's Romantic Poetry Publication: 'War Poems' - created to commemorate the Centenary of the end of World War One (1918-2018) -and - for details of her Latest Romantic Poetry Collection for Adults 'The Romance of Bucks Mills' - Please Contact Merlynda directly and/or Order from all good bookshops.

Merlynda was also commissioned by 'The Art Institute' to create and write a 250,000 word Art Tutorial Course: 'Master The Art' - Published 1998 by The Art Institute.

Merlynda's (aka 'Kitty Pigfish') Book Illustrations, Cartoons, Portraits and Drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally including:

  • Britain's Painters (The Artist) Exhibition, London

  • The Royal Watercolour Society, London

  • The USA Exhibition, London

  • The Raw Gallery, London

  • The Seagate Gallery, Dundee

  • The NorthBank Artists Gallery, London

  • The Mall Galleries, London

  • Hays Galleria, London

  • The Pastel Society, LondonThe International Grand Prix Watercolourists, France

  • Art Addiction Gallery, Sweden

  • The Harvey Gallery, Surrey

  • The KD Gallery, Surrey

  • The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

  • The Festival Hall, Hampshire

  • Seventh Heaven, West Sussex

- and feature in many Private Collections - including:

  • McLaren Formula One Team Principal

- and -

  • HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Merlynda is the Winner of 'The Leaf Book-Jacket Illustration Award' and her Illustrations are published by Thames & Hudson and The AOI, among other publishers.

Merlynda's Book Illustrations, Cartoons and Ink Illustrations have been exhibited at 'The International Salon of Cartoonists' in France since 1996, representing Great British Cartoonists - and her watercolours were exhibited at 'The International Grand Prix of Watercolourists' in France - and - by 'The Royal Watercolour Society'.

Merlynda is also a multi Award-winning Songwriter and Composer and Lyricist - and her Instrumental Compositions for Piano and Keyboard have been choreographed and premiered by The Royal Academy of Ballet in Ireland - at their International Ballet and Dance Festival.

Merlynda's corporate writing career and in-company positions/roles include:

  • PA to The Chief Barker of The Variety Club of Great Britain, Wardour Street, London.

  • PA to The Managing Director of Columbia-Emi-Warner Bros Films, Wardour Street, London.

  • Scriptwriter, Speechwriter & Public Speaking Coach for a variety of blue chip clients at Q International Ltd, Woking, Surrey.

  • Actor and Presenter for Polaroid Film Presentation (via QAV Presentations Ltd) Woking, Surrey.

  • Photographic Model at RFD, Godalming, Surrey.

  • Assistant To The Lecturers at The College of Law, Guildford, Surrey.

For Further Details Regarding Merlynda's Poetry Awards, Song-writing Awards, Instrumental Compositions and Book-Jacket Illustration Awards - Please Click on the 'Awards' page. 

To Reserve Seats at Merlynda's Live Entertainments at Merlynda's Comedy Studio - Please Call: 01237 431166