Maryon Tysoe is a chartered psychologist and a fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Her writing has been primarily focused on making academic research in psychology accessible, useful and engaging to a lay audience. She held research and teaching posts at the universities of Surrey, Sussex and Kent before deciding to write full-time: she had come to feel there was little point in researching human beings if they were too rarely (at that time) told of the findings.
Maryon became psychology correspondent on the staff of the weekly magazine New Society. While there she won the Periodical Publishers Association award for technical writer of the year. She went on to write several books — including Love Isn’t Quite Enough: the psychology of male–female relationships — and articles for magazines and national newspapers, such as the Guardian and the Independent. She taught media communication to members of the BPS for over 25 years, and is a former editor of the society’s monthly magazine The Psychologist.
The editorship led to a shift in focus to the act of writing itself, and her time as an RLF Fellow has given her the chance to try to help others to express themselves in the best way they could. The experience she gained enabled her to devise her own workshops for postgraduate students on writing skills, such as logical narrative flow and clarity. She is also working on developing as a creative writer.