Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Ellie Evans
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Ellie Evans poet

Ellie Evans was born in Carmarthen and spent time in London, Eastern Europe, America and China before settling in Powys.


The Ivy Hides the Fig-Ripe Duchess (Seren, 2011)

Ellie Evans read English at Oxford and has worked in publishing and for the Medical Research Council. She taught English in Hong Kong and then moved to London to teach before returning to Wales.

Ellie Evans has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is finishing a Doctorate for which she is working on a collection of poets and a critical study of the poetry of Pascale Petite. When she has completed her PhD, Ellie Evans plans to run writing workshops and holidays in Pembrokeshire and Provence.

The Ivy Hides the Fig-ripe Duchess is an exhilarating first collection of poems from Ellie Evans. Using a surrealist palette of imagery and a tightly focused idiom, the author takes us on strange journeys: to the post-apocalyptic world of the title poem, or into a skewed 18th century Venice in The Zograscope. These strange worlds are always to the purpose, they are, as Marianne Moore famously said of poetry ‘imaginary gardens with real toads in them.’ We obliquely unearth childhood trauma, fraught or intense relationships and also a singular delight in rebellion, and in escape through the imagination. Poems like Picnic with Earthquakes and Jekyl Island, Georgia deftly align exotic locales with intimate states of mind. A fascination with art and history emerge in: A Brief History of Topiary and Two Monologues from The Odyssey. There is also a palpable delight in technique: you will find a sonnet, a villanelle, triolets and a concise free verse where she employs rhyme, half-rhyme, and subtle alliteration.” Seren Books

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