Michael Verrier

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Admissions Clearing Hotline Assistant
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 Michael Verrier



Mick Verrier graduated from Essex in 1996 and qualified as a teacher of music in 2001, becoming Head of Performing Arts in a mainstream secondary school, as well as taking on examination, moderation and verification roles with one of the major awarding bodies. Mick left full-time teaching in 2013 to concentrate on performance and event management work, whilst continuing with various awarding body roles including a two-year stint as Principal Moderator for Composition (GCSE Music) and an ongoing role as Qualifications Trainer for GCSE and A Level Music. Mick returned to Essex in 2019 to study Creative Writing and embarked upon a postgraduate research project in 2020.


  • MA (with Distinction) in Creative Writing University of Essex (2020)

  • PGCE in Music Middlesex University (2001)

  • BA (Hons) in Literature and Music University of Essex (1996)

Research and professional activities


Sid: The Life and Letters of Private Sidney Robert Verrier (1923-1997)

This interdisciplinary project combines research, analysis and creative writing in the fields of literature, theatre, radio, music, history and mental health, to produce a live performance articulating the story of Private Sidney Verrier. A soldier from 1943 to 1946, Sid spent much of the rest of his life in mental institutions. The project is based closely on Sid’s wartime letters and will feature a combination of spoken word, songs and music.

Supervisor: Mary Mazzilli

Research interests

Creative Writing; Songwriting; Folk Songs and Ballads; Radio Ballads; Theatre Studies; Performance Studies



Colchester Campus