Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen writes in Sydney and works as a bookseller at Gleebooks.

Her poetry, short fiction, and literary criticism has appeared in many major literary journals and anthologies here and overseas, including Cordite, Southerly, overland, Bodega, Best Australian Poems, Otoliths, Australian Book Review, Rabbit, and Mascara. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Forgetful Hands (Vagabond Press, 2017). Elizabeth was the winner of Dame Leonie Kramer Prize in 2001 and the Anne Elder Award in 2012. She is one of the judges of the Noel Rowe Poetry Award and carried out a residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland during 2016. Elizabeth also has extensive experience running poetry workshops for both adults and children, in schools and at Number Forty Seven art gallery.


IN RESIDENCE 2018

While in residence Elizabeth will work on a collection of poems that explores the question of colour from a variety of different angles. Through these poems she will not only explore the role that colour plays in her own life, going on an autobiographical journey through the memories and associations that particular colours hold for her, but she will also draw on myth, fairytales, science, philosophy, and the visual arts to consider colour in a broader context.