Ellen will be introducing her new collection 'Portrait of a Quince as an Older Woman ' published this April by 'Red Squirrel Press' and reading from this and her previous collection 'Breath' (Flambard 2009)
Her recent poems explore the aftermath of loss. Taking tentative steps into a world that is made alien with absence, she writes about rebuilding her life, creating a new identity. She acknowledges aging, which brings its own losses but also gains, in grandchildren, and the recompenses of writing. With humour and insight, Phethean considers the older woman's place in a culture of social networking that seems to offer instant gratification.
Reviews of Breath
'Reading Ellen Phethean's collection Breath is a moving and often difficult experience... her warmth and wit, and her fearlessness when dealing with the darkest subjects.'
Tamar Yoseloff, judge
Shortlisted for the London Fringe First Collection Award 2010
'This poem (The West End) shows that Phethean has a keen eye for detail and an ability to write with economy... captures in five words what might take a paragraph to explain in an essay on the subject. This mix of descriptive flair and linguistic concision is also shown in the impressive 'Sorrow', Kayo Chingonyi reviews online
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