Polly Morland

Non-fiction writer, Radio/tv/screenwriter
Cardiff University

Polly Morland is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. Combining the journalism of her background in film with ideas from psychology, philosophy and literature, her books blend contemporary human stories with reflections on how we live today. Her first book, The Society of Timid Souls: Or, How to Be Brave (Profile, 2013), a contemporary anatomy of courage, won a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood award, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book award and was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. Risk Wise: Nine Everyday Adventures (Profile/The School of Life, 2015), was written in collaboration with Alain de Botton and explores how to live well alongside risk. Metamorphosis: How and Why We Change (Profile, 2016) examines the human experience of, and capacity for, change.

Polly Morland has written opinion pieces and features for many British and American newspapers and magazines. Her essay, ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero: The Need for Individual Courage’, appeared in The Importance of Ideas (Guardian Shorts, 2014); her audio essay, ‘Taking Risks’, featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Human Zoo. She has delivered talks, workshops and keynote lectures at festivals, conferences and institutions, as well as collaborating with academics and artists on various writing projects. She has recently written a play commissioned by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Prior to writing her books, Polly Morland worked in television, scripting, producing and directing documentaries for the BBC, Channel Four and Discovery. She lives in the Wye Valley with her husband and three sons.

Polly Morland
Image credit: Michael Utz

Fellowships

Cardiff University 2020/21