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Ellen Wiles


Ellen Wiles debut novel, The Invisible Crowd, will be published in November 2017 by HQ (Harper Collins) It begins when a junior barrister opens a new case file, notices that the asylum seeker client shares her birthday and imagines stepping into his shoes and experiencing the story behind the dry legal documents and the sensationalist tabloid headlines. It was inspired by a case Ellen worked on when she was a barrister.

Ellen is also a literary anthropologist. Her first book, Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Translation (Columbia University Press, 2015), explores Burmese literature and culture through new translations, extended interviews with writers from three generations and descriptions of the country and its history.

Ellen is currently doing a PhD on live literature at the University of Stirling, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her book on live literature will be published by Palgrave as part of its Literary Anthropolgy series.

In a fusion of her research and creative writing interests, Ellen founded an experimental live literature project, Ark, which was funded by the Arts Council to stage immersive short story shows in library spaces involving cross-arts collaborations. Recent performances have taken audiences on journeys around the British Library and Durham University's Palace Green Library.

Ellen has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She has a Masters in human rights law and social theory from UCL. Her first degree was in Music at Oxford, and she plays the flute and piano.

She lives in North London with her husband and two small children, and is currently working on a new novel about motherhood. There is more about Ellen and her work on her personal website,


Ellen Wiles






Ourselves Alone book cover