Marie-Elsa Roche Bragg is an author, priest, therapist and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey

Her first novel, ‘Towards Mellbreak‘ (Chatto & Windus 2017), is about four generations of a quiet hill farming family on the North Western fells of Cumbria.

Her second book, ‘Sleeping Letters‘ (Chatto & Windus 2019), is the description of the the ritual of the Eucharist alongside a compilation of poetry, memoir and fragments of un-sent letters.

Marie-Elsa’s Chapter on Mary in a compilation of feminist theologians titled ‘Interstices and Fractures’ (2021) will be out shortly.

Marie-Elsa has contributed articles and interviews for papers such as the Telegraph and the Church Times; Radio pieces for BBC Radio 4 and interviews for literary festivals and Story Vault Films.


Marie-Elsa has authored two books: ‘Towards Mellbreak‘, which is a hymn both to the landscape of Cumbria and to a disappearing world; and ‘Sleeping Letters‘, which explores grief through a series of unsent letters to both her mother and father


Marie-Elsa leads group workshops on a variety of spiritual subjects. These workshops can be as short as a single afternoon, a series of sessions, or week-long retreats.

Creative Writing Mentorship

Marie-Elsa works with people through zoom, Skype and in person. She works with fiction, poetry, play writing, script writing and artists such as ceramicists and painters who would like to explore words with their craft.

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