Welcome to M.E.Muir’s Website
M. E. Muir is a Scot now living in London, former teacher and business consultant, some of whose work has recently been published in Dawntreader, Carillon, Morphrog, The Curlew, The London Grip and The Poetry Village.
In her recent collection, ‘EX SITU’, M.E.Muir shares her concern about the environment with her fascination for the external world and the language we use to talk about it. Here she tells us more about how she came to publish her work:
“I was born in Edinburgh and went to University at St. Andrew’s to read English and Spanish. I edited the literary magazine and won an essay prize or two, but travel was always the pull, and my first job at Shell (where the women had 3 weeks holidays and the men only two) lasted just nine months before I left to start teaching, which was all about getting time to travel.
I got hooked into the joy of (in those days) running your own classroom, and sharing in the growth of youngsters, ’till our own three took over, and I was back in the market for the new flexible timetable, finally obtainable in the business world. Always writing, especially in the month of March, but recently, retirement gave me the chance to get out and meet the world of poets and to learn and develop in a contemporary context what had been lurking for so long. The many Open Mic sessions, or the amazing poets’ club at the Troubadour Cafe are another facet of this vibrant and welcoming community. I have stuck with writing as M.E.Muir, using only my initials, partly because there are other poets called Mary Muir, but also from habit, because my father, helping me sign up for my first bank account, said “just use your initials, you’ll get treated better if they don’t know you’re a girl.”
So a great new world of friends and teachers in the last few years has inspired and encouraged me – not to be a great poet, I’ll be perfectly happy if I can get to be a middling one – but as grey hairs take over I guess now it is time to get my writing out there, in the hope that it gives anyone else the pleasure it has given me. “