Anna Meryt has been writing all her life. she lives in North London in a small garden flat in an area with many nationalities, predominantly Turkish, Kurdish and Greek. Her small garden is quiet and peaceful in the midst of a very busy part of London. She is a practising Buddhist and a bit of a news addict and loves RT News - especially Max Keiser, economic presenter who shouts a lot about bankers.A Hippopotamus at the Table is her first book – a memoir set in South Africa in the 1970s, where she lived for a few years with her husband and small daughter. She has started her next memoir, set in Indonesia and London.
Anna has had many poems published in anthologies, including The West In Her Eye, and Her Mind's Eye (ed. Rachel Lever). Highgate Poet's 2014 anthology is another and The Book of Love and Loss ed June Hall .
She's also a performance poet (for many years) and is a member of Highgate Poets, a very active poetry group in North London. In 2011 she won first prize in the Lupus International poetry competition for her poem Bulawayo – about her birth place. Her first poetry collection was published in 2013 – Heartbroke and the second - Dolly Mix in 2014.
She has also been a member of Greenacre Writer's Finish that Novel group for several years (she was writing her first memoir and is now writing the second).
She has an MA in Professional Writing (2010) from London Metropolitan University and a first degree in Ancient History (University College London (1982).
She taught Ancient Egyptian history for 10 years in Further and Adult Education (including at Birkbeck, University of London and City University) as well as Info Tech in HMP Holloway (women's) prison for five years and at London Metropolitan University.
She delivered Cognitive Behavioural programmes to both male and female offender groups within the Criminal Justice system for ten years before moving into working to protect and support victims within a domestic abuse perpetrator programme, a programme designed for men convicted of violence to their partners.
She is now committed to writing full-time and also running memoir courses using her own experiences of all the difficulties involved to guide others through the process. She has recently published Writing Memoir. How to Write a Story from Your Life, published in January 2018. She's currently writing her second memoir, called Beyond the Bounds, set in London and Indonesia which won a Highly Commended prize for a first chapter in the Winchester Writers Festival 2017.
She runs occasional Poetry and Music evenings - at various North London venues and previously organised the very successful annual Poetry and Music Palooza for the Finchley LitFest.