Abigail Elizabeth Ottley Wyatt

Abigail Elizabeth Ottley Wyatt

Abigail Wyatt grew up in Essex but now lives in Cornwall in the shadow of Carn Brea. Formerly a teacher, she writes poetry and short fiction and has been fortunate to find homes for her writings in more than a hundred magazines, journals and anthologies. Most recently, these have included Journey to Crone (Chuffed Buff Books), Poised in Flight (A Kind of a Hurricane), Not Somewhere Else But Here (Sundress) and Mother is a Verb (Red Paint Hill).

Abigail’s poetry chapbook Moths in a Jar (Palores) appeared in 2012 and her short story collection, Old Soldiers, Old Bones and Other Stories, came out the following year. She is represented in the anthology Wave Hub; new poetry from Cornwall ed. Dr Alan M. Kent (Boutle, 2014)

Abigail is a member of the Penzance Writers’ Café writing group. She also performs her work with her singer/songwriter partner, David Rowland as ‘The Fool and the Liar’. She is an advocate of writing for well-being and member of the South West branch of Lapidus.

In 2012, Abigail won Lisa Thomas Poetry Prize with her poem ‘After Midnight’ and her work has three times been Highly Commended in the Tacchi-Morris Art Centre’s The Page is Printed Competition. Her poem Lady Convolvulus was a winner in the 2012 Hysteria Writing Competition and this, year, 2014, My Father Sits upon a Shelf was Highly Commended in the Rhyme and Reason Writing Competition. In 2013, she was a Pushcart nominee for her poem Still Life.


Abigail Elizabeth Ottley Wyatt in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

2007 1963

What do you love about short stories?

I love the flexibility and also the economy of the short story and flash fiction. There is so much room for possibility. Also, I have a butterfly brain that likes to move from one scene or subject to the next.

Do you write in other forms?

I write mainly poetry. About seventy percent of my published work is in the form of verse.

What distracts you from writing?

I suppose what distracts me most are my responsibilities to others. I make it a rule, though, to try to write something every day.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

I enjoy performance, whether of my own work or as part of an amateur theatrical productiion. Reading, of course, is another passion. I also enjoy making things. I knit, crochet, embroider, all of which are very relaxing. Recently I have been thinking of taking up weaving.

What is your favourite book?

'Knowledge of Angels' by Jill Paton Walsh is one of my favourite novels.

Who are your favourite writers?

Emily Dickinson, Alan Bennett and John Donne

Where is your dream location?

Anywhere warm and peaceful within the sound of the sea.

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Greed and exploitation

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Write, write and write.

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