How scenic walks helped transform the life of a Malvern woman

A Malvern woman who has enjoyed an extensive career in theater has written a book about how walking and nature ‘transformed her life’ after moving to Austria.

Amelia Marriette, 57, will be back in town next week to sign copies of Walking in Alchemy: The Transforming Power of Nature.

She will show a drone film of the same walk she did every week for a year in the hills and mountains of the Austrian region of Carinthia, where she now lives.

Amelia will also talk about her upcoming book, about her father Leonard Eason, who lived in Malvern with his wife Brenda Eason, who still lives in Malvern, from 1973 until his death in 2015.

Leonard, originally from Surrey, was drafted into the RAF in 1943 with his twin brother John, then later posted to RAF Klagenfurt – which is close to where Amelia now lives in Austria.

Amelia’s next book will be based on her handwritten journals and watercolors.

Amelia grew up in Malvern and attended Hanley Castle High School.

She worked for the Defense Research Agency for 12 years before resigning to study for a Masters in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham).

Amelia worked as a guest curator for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, then became curator at the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham.

Alongside her exciting career, Amelia has maintained her working relationship with Malvern Theater Players.

Amelia edited a version of the Jacobean play The Revenger’s Tragedy for the MTP in 2005, which was performed on a replica Globe Theater designed and built by Chris Bassett.

She then adapted three children’s classics for the MTP – Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and The Wind in the Willows.

His original drama Nay, Remember Me! again conceived and directed by Chris Bassett, was performed by the MTP at the Coach House Theater and toured to the Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey, Torquay in 2010.

This production was nominated for an award by NODA.

Amelia will travel to Malvern from Austria to give a reading and book signing at the Coach House Theater at 1.30pm on Sunday August 28.

Reading is free, but reservations are required by visiting: https://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/amelia-marriette-book-reading-talk-discussion/

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