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BA Hons English & Theatre Studies Lancaster University 1975
P.G.T.C. Goldsmiths College 1976
M.A. Theatre Studies Lancaster University 1977
F.E.T.C. Newcastle College 1990
Creative Writing MA Distinction Newcastle University 2008



Loose Ends BBC Radio 4 March 1994
Women's Hour BBC Radio 4 Oct 1994
Poetry proms Radio 3 Aug 1996
Witnessing Westgate Hill, Radio Poem Stanza Radio 4 Aug 1997
Journey with a Golden Lady, verse play R 4 drama May 2000
Something Understood, Radio 4 2010
Keeping Time film about photographer Jimmy Forsyth (arising from the Graingertown Poetry Film residency, see below).


Poetry and Fiction

Modern Goddess, Diamond Twig Press 1992
Sauce, Bloodaxe and Diamond Twig Press 1994
Wall, Smokestack Books 2007
Breath, Flambard, 2009 / Red Squirrel 2014
Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman, Red Squirrel 2014
Ren and the Blue Hands, Postbox Press, 2016


Olympia, play for Northumbria University Drama Department, Spring 2000
A Life in Shadows, play for Northumbria University Drama Department, May 2001
Cast Off verse play, Poetry Virgins, October 2001 (and DVD with Sneha Solanki)
Did she jump... Northumbria University, May 2004
Olympia the Musical Northumbria University Drama Department, December 2005
Genetic toc, Live Theatre Youth Group March 2005
Entitled, Live Theatre Youth Group, March 2010
Cain and Abel Durham Mystery, Gala Theatre, May 2010


Words out Loud, Ed Mark Robinson Stride 2002
The Library Book, Ed Ellen Phethean, Tyne Bridge Publishing 2009
Fix This Moment, Eds Ronnie and Malcolm NWN (New Writing North) 2010
Hook into the Past, Ed Ellen Phethean, 2011


Arts Council/ BBC Radio North Commission Write Out Loud Spring 1996,
Northern Arts Writers Award October 1996
Arts Council Award March 1997
Arts Council NE Award Autumn 2005
Bishop Auckland Crossover Novel Joint 1st Prize 2004
London Fringe New Poetry Award shortlisted 2010
Along with a number of writers and artists Ellen was commissioned to work on the Bloodaxe Archive by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts. the creative responses were celebrated in a Poetry Festival and Exhibition at Newcastle University. Ellen's film, Recollection was shown in 'The Poetics of the Archive: Creative and Community Engagement with the Bloodaxe Archive' as part of the Newcastle Poetry Festival; watch it online.


Writer in Residence, Gateshead Libraries and Arts September 1997 - March 1999
Year of the Artist Award - resulting in an audiovisual DVD Cast Off made in collaboration with photographer Sneha Solanki (2000)
Graingertown Poetry Film Residency NWN (New Writing North) April 1999 - May 2001
Writer in Residence at Seven Stories Centre for the Children's Book, May 2002 - June 2003
Project Writer Writing along the Wall May 2002 - 2003
Community Radio Audio Artist in Residence with CBIT (Community Broadcast Initiative Tyneside ) 2001 - 2004
Audio artist/writer Sage Gateshead January 2004 - July 2005
Hosking Houses Trust Residency February - March 2016


Freelance Creative Writing tutor and workshop leader.
Teaching Writing for Children and Young Adults, Poetry, and Novel Writing at Lit & Phil, November 2013 to date.

September 2016.