Who is Lucy Marfleet?


I am an author, encourager and educator. I think widely and try to tell the truth in imaginative ways.

I care deeply about family life, food, finding patterns and faith lived out through social justice. My husband Matthew and I have two children: Elizabeth (born 2007), known as Lily and Joseph (born 2010) and we live near Cambridge in England. I am currently working on devotionals and a fiction manuscript which is academically informed.

I have degrees in Theology from Durham University and the International Baptist Theological Seminary (Biblical Studies). I am also a trained teacher and have worked in schools and prisons. My writing stems from a passion for the Old Testament and for those on the edges. I wrote a personal blog at jamandgiraffes from 2006 until 2018 and love writing and thinking about words and language.

As well as writing, I now work as a part-time tutor for Spurgeon’s College on their Equipped to Minister course for lay preachers and ministers, based near Cambridge.

What have you published?

As well as my blogs and the occasional guest blog, I have been featured in the Mothers’ Union Families First website with a series of 12 ‘interviews’ with biblical characters. I also occasionally speak and preach.

I have a piece published in the Association of Christian Writers’ Lent Book: New Life: Reflections for Lent, released 2018, and a poem in their Christmas book, Merry Christmas Everyone. (Click on the images to take you to the Amazon links.)

What are you working on?

My writing takes the form of poetry, devotionals, fiction and journalism. As new projects appear, I will be sure to release details on this blog.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Enjoyed this About just now. We have similar mental health issues I think. I love it that you are writing a fiction piece with some serious academic input – that sounds close to my books, you do a lot of research? Would be interested to get in touch. Am in ACW (hence finding your blog piece today) My kids are well grown but life is still full of family, church, writing, trying to keep the anxiety at bay, etc. I wrote this earlier but having todoit again as WordPress refused my password and have been changing it! How computers do not save time… Mair Howard is my pen name. Website if you’re interested is https://hodgepublishing.co.uk/


  2. Hi Lucy,

    I hope this message finds you well?

    We’re writing a book about the concept of Infinite Giving, the idea that what goes around comes around in both life and business.

    There are many wonderful stories in the book about people that have done more than expected and achieved a wonderful result

    The Giraffe bread letter always makes me smile and illustrates one of our core principles, exceeded expectations.

    I would love to include, if I can, a picture of the both Lily’s letter and Chris’s reply.

    I know the information is out there in the public domain and readily available, but I really wanted to touch base with you first.

    It’s a beautiful story and one that should be shared over and over.

    If ok and you still have a picture of the letters (I especially like Lily’s hand drawn pictures, which you can see in the metro article and not the BBC one), please could you email them to me.

    Thank you in advance for your help with this, it’s my first book and I am enjoying the process immensely.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Kind Regards

    Greg Davies


    1. Hi Greg – apologies that I only just picked this up. Yes, the images are in the public domain, and the letter Lily sent (complete with her imaginary dog Beaky in the picture) is found at https://jamandgiraffes.com/2011/06/02/i-will-not-be-answering-all-lilys-questions-any-more/, although would want lightening. Chris’ reply is at https://jamandgiraffes.com/2011/06/15/our-careline/. Let me know if these are not high enough resolution. When you’ve written the bit on Lily, we’d love to see it. Lucy


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