As a child growing up in what is now Zimbabwe, Marian Christie was drawn both to the arts and to the sciences, in particular to poetry and to mathematics. She wrote poetry as a teenager, finding inspiration in the richly varied landscape of southern Africa.
Eventually she opted to study applied mathematics and went on to teach at schools in the Middle East and Scotland before moving to Kent, where she now lives.
She has long been conscious of the poetry of mathematics: its ability to express complex ideas elegantly and succinctly, its exploitation of patterns to infer deep connections between seemingly unrelated fields, its use of abstract forms to convey profound insights into universal interactions. Inspired by the works of mathematician-poets such as Sarah Glaz and JoAnne Growney, in recent years she has begun to explore mathematical poetry. Her work frequently interweaves mathematical imagery with everyday experience, at times explicitly, at times more obliquely.
Her poetry has been published in, among others, the online journals Allegro Poetry, Black Bough Poetry, l’Ephémère Review and Independent Variable, and in print in The Stony Thursday Book and Pushing out the Boat.