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- 71 St James Street, Penzance
- Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, Poetry and Short Fiction
Abigail Elizabeth Ottley (formerly Wyatt) writes poetry – and some short fiction – from her home in Penzance in Cornwall. Since 2009, her work has appeared in more than 150 journals, magazines and anthologies including The Blue Nib, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Atrium Poetry and Words With Jam. She was also one of the poets featured in Wave Hub: new poetry from Cornwall (2014) edited by Dr Alan M Kent and published by Francis Boutle. In 2019, 12 of her poems were translated into Romanian for Pro Saeculum and Banchetul. For this, much gratitude to translator and bilingual poet, Mariana Gardner. In the same year, Abigail’s poem ‘Bull Male, Sleeping’ was chosen for ‘Poems on the Move’ at the Guernsey Literary Festival.
In 2011, Abigail won the One Million Stories writing challenge. Old Soldiers, Old Bones and Other Stories (ed. Simon Million) contains 22 stories and was the result of having written one story a week from 1st January to the end of September. The original idea had been to continue in this manner until the end of December. However, her husband and her employer at the time were of a differing opinion.
When she is not writing – and currently, she is attempting to master the rudiments of writing for performance – she can usually be found painting, embroidering or hooking rugs out of old t-shirts. She also enjoys walking by the sea with her singer-songwriter partner, David Rowland, and her little dog, Percy.