About me


Hello! I'm Liz. 

I am a writer, performer and tutor based in Manchester. I write poetry and fiction, reviews, essays, and opinion pieces. I am inspired by themes of community, city life, queerness, body image, and mental health, as well as by travel, the natural world, and folklore. I was awarded a DYCP grant by Arts Council England in Spring 2021, to develop my poetry and performance.

In early 2021, I was chosen by Dibby Theatre for the competitive First Dibs programme for LGBTQ+ theatre-makers, and am working on my spoken-word show about walking in an empty city, and finding comfort in the places, nature, and animals around me.

In 2020, my poem "Arrival" was selected by Manchester City of Literature to be part of the Tartu Bus Poetry Project in Estonia, and it currently appears on bus windows in Tartu, representing Manchester. 

I am a graduate of The Writing Squad and Young Identity (who I represented at One Mic Stand in 2019), and a member of Out on the Page.


Performance

I regularly perform at open-mic nights and book / journal launches. I have been commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival, and have also performed at Walk for Women, the LGBT Foundation, One Mic Stand, and The Poetry Café. I use my poetry to raise awareness of women's rights, queer rights, mental health, living with PCOS, self-love, and the environment and animal welfare.


Awards and prizes

I was a winner of the New North Poets Prize at the 2017 Northern Writers' Awards, and have been shortlisted for the Poetry Business New Poets Prize, and the Creative Future Literary Awards. In 2016, I won Second Prize in the Poetry Society's Timothy Corsellis Prize with my poem "Barthelasse". In 2018, I won Second Prize in the Global Health Poetry Competition with my poem "Perpignan sestina". 


Publications

My poetry or fiction has appeared / is upcoming in...

Journals including: 

The Adriatic, Antiphon, Atrium, Cake, Cardiff Review, Coast to Coast to Coast, Confingo, Confluence Magazine, Creative Review, Far Off Places, Fictive Dream, Gigantic Sequins, Giving Room Mag, Here Comes Everyone, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Kindling, Lampeter Review, Lighthouse, Litro, Marble Poetry, Open Pen, Picaroon Poetry, The Poetry Shed, The Poetry Village, Popshot, Queerlings, Riggwelter Press, Severine, Sonder, Storgy, Strix, Tales From the Forest, Thorn Durham, Under the Radar, Visual Verse, York Literary Review, and 404 Ink.

Anthologies including:

Mancunian Ways (Fly on the Wall)
Buzzin Bards 2020 Anthology 
Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets
Mind Full of Art (Open Mind Manchester)
GASP by the New North Poets (The Poetry School)
No Disclaimers (Young Identity)
Troubadour (Picaroon Poetry)
What She Knew (Papaya Press)

You can further explore my poetry here, and my fiction here.


Journalism and essays

My essay, "Becoming myself in the city" was recently commissioned and published by Aurelia Magazine as part of the Future Hope series, a collaboration with Manchester International Festival. I have written for Yorkshire Dance about discovering my body, and new freedoms, through movement.

I have been a Digital Reporter for Manchester Literature Festival since 2012. I was also a regular contributor to The Mancunion, Now Then Manchester, Cuckoo Review, and Global Graduates, and I was a reviewer for The Cadaverine and Structo. 

You can find links to my journalistic and non-fiction work here.


Languages and blogging

I work as a personal tutor in French and Spanish. I have an Integrated Professional Masters in Languages: French and Spanish from the University of Manchester. 

During my degree, I spent a year in Perpignan, France, where I taught English, a hot summer at the University of Salamancaa cold winter at Beijing Normal University and a year studying between Avignon, France and Vigo, Galicia, Spain

You can read all about my travel adventures on my blog.


Editing

I spent four years at Miracle Magazine, as Fiction Editor and then as Head Poetry Editor. From 2017 to 2019, I curated the Word Life section of Now Then Manchester. In 2016, I founded my own online magazine, Foxglove Journal, which I edit, and for which I also provide all of the photography.


Curating

I was selected by Cornerhouse / HOME, Manchester for the Creative Stars, Young Curators, and Digital Reporters projects between 2011 and 2019. Through the projects, I was on the curation team for a film festival and two art exhibitions, Lost is Found and Four. I also blogged and took photographs for the venue's website.

I hope you enjoy exploring my blog, and learning more about my work.

Elizabeth

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