Michael Verrier

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
 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)

  • AFHEA Advance HE (2022)

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