Hello! I’m Nellie, a poet and creative from the Black Country now based in Birmingham. My interests include nature, folklore, and our ancient past, which I thread into my creative work wherever possible.
I began writing poetry while studying English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. My debut pamphlet, Bella, was published by Offa’s Press in August 2018, and shortlisted for a Saboteur Award in 2019 in the category of Best Poetry Pamphlet. The poetic sequence explores a true murder mystery from Hagley, Worcestershire. The tale, ‘Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?’, inspired a dossier of poems which blend literary allusion, local history, folklore, and superstition.
Currently, I am on a bit of a journey with my poetry, to find my voice beyond the story of Bella. Over the past few years, other modes of creativity have been more of a focus for me – I have experimented lots with drawing, painting, and crafting with items from nature. You can find lots of stories about these pursuits here on my site.
In my career I work as a project coordinator, producing and delivering arts and heritage activities at a local NHS Trust. I love being able to use my creativity in my work, and provide opportunities for people to find freedom, expression, and a sense of belonging through art and heritage.
On this blog you can read about my poetry journey through the ‘Throwback’ posts, my research into various strands of folklore through ‘Folkdays’ posts, and my general creative endeavours through ‘Blog’ posts. ‘Scrapbook’ posts give a glimpse into what has brought me joy in my everyday life.