Ellen Wiles

Ellen Wiles

Ellen Wiles is a writer, researcher and curator. Her debut novel, The Invisible Crowd (HarperCollins, 2017), explores the experiences of an asylum seeker in the UK, delving behind the headlines. Her first book, Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition (Columbia University Press, 2015), weaves together new literary translations and author interviews. Born in Reading in 1981, Ellen studied Music at Oxford, then did a Masters in Human Rights law and became a barrister at a London chambers, where a case she worked on inspired her first novel. Other human rights legal work includes projects with refugees in a camp in Thailand and with displaced Bushmen in Botswana. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, and is currently doing a PhD in literary anthropology, researching live literature. She directs Ark, an experimental live literature project, and curates short story shows with cross-arts collaborations. She is the mother of two and lives in London. Website: www.ellenwiles.com Twitter: @ellenwiles
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