Hi there, I’m Anita Mathias. I currently live in beautiful Oxford, England, my favourite place in the world, though I have lived, for a roughly equal amount of time, in three countries–India, the United States, and England.
I’ve written four books! My most recent is a memoir, Rosaries, Reading, Secrets, ( Amazon.com, or Amazon.co.uk) of which I am proud . Then there’s a collection of memoiristic essays, Wandering Between Two Worlds (Amazon.co.uk) or Amazon.com. A lavishly illustrated children’s book, Francesco, Artist of Florence: The Man Who Gave Too Much (Amazon.co.uk) or Amazon.com. And The Story of Dirk Willems: The Man Who Died to Save His Enemy (Amazon.com) and Amazon.co.uk.
I have won a writing fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, and my writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The London Magazine, Commonweal, America, The Christian Century, and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies. I have blogged for Tearfund in Cambodia.
My blog is called Dreaming Beneath the Spires, because that’s what I do… dream in “that sweet city with her dreaming spires” as Matthew Arnold wrote of Oxford.
At the moment, I am recording podcast meditations, and hope to go through the good book, a chapter a week. Please subscribe, and I will quietly visit you in your inbox.
A Fuller Biography
I spent my early childhood in Jamshedpur, India, the country’s Steel City. However, I was packed off to boarding school at the age of nine, to St. Mary’s Convent, Ramnee Park in Nainital, in the Himalayas. And yes, it was as beautiful as it sounds.
I was a rebel there, dubbed “the naughtiest girl in school” but then in a teenage U-turn wanted nothing more than to follow Christ as radically as I could, and joined Mother Teresa’s convent as a novice. I spent fourteen months there… it wasn’t my vocation, but I did have the extraordinary experience of living in the same house as Mother Teresa, “Mother House,” and of speaking to her, one on one, a few times.
In another equally extraordinary experience and blessing, I studied English Language and English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford University from where I have a BA and an MA. I also have a Masters in English and Creative Writing from Ohio State University, and have done work on a Ph.D in Creative Writing at SUNY-Binghamton, but wisely, or foolishly quit to get married.
I have been married for 33 years!! And we are happily married, which is an achievement I’m proud of, and which has taken attention and work and, well, love.
We have two children, Zoe who did Theology at Oxford University for her BA, and has a Masters in Theology at Durham and is currently working on an M.Phil at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where is an ordinand. Irene is a medical student at Oxford University, and will soon, god willing, be a junior doctor.
I’ve lived 12 years in Williamsburg, Virginia, where my husband Roy taught at the College of William and Mary. And we’ve lived in Oxford for the last 15 years again drawn here by Roy’s math.
I love travel. At last count, Roy and I have visited 35 countries… and counting. And I read, always, continually, on the page, and on audio, which, yes, I consider reading!
I grew up Roman Catholic but am now a mere Christian!
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