The Immortalist. Shortlisted, Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Award, 2018

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Ellen is a poet, journalist and lecturer. Her prize-winning poetry is published by Templar and Carcanet Press and in many periodicals and magazines. Ellen’s first collection of poetry, The Immortalist, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Award for Best First Collection 2018. She is currently working on her second collection.

Ellen has taught at the University of St Andrews, City University and University College London. She lives in London where she’s a regular reviewer and interviewer for Poetry Review, Poetry London and POEM International Magazines. Recent teaching posts include Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull where she ran the poetry modules.

Ellen’s poetry features in the new Bloodaxe anthology, Staying Human, published in October 2020.


“Poetry of wild imagination, charm and exuberance…full of arresting detail and panache…I was entranced…I have read entire books that burn with less passion than a few lines by Ellen Cranitch” –  Poetry London.

“Poetry from a lucid and enquiring mind, equally at home in the prose poem as with rhyme and metre; the language is always both inventive and controlled” – Poetry Ireland Review.

“An important and haunting book”  – Bernard O’Donoghue.


City Lit, London - Ellen appointed to teach Masterclass and Advanced Poetry courses.

August 2021

Ellen's poetry anthologised in Staying Human, Bloodaxe Books edited by Neil Astley

October 2020

The Poetry Review - review of Julia Copus, Rebecca Goss and Niall Campbell

July 2019

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Reading - Vahni Capildeo, Ellen Cranitch and Martin Dyar at Inish Festival 2017