A Bit About Me

Thank you for visiting my blog.  My name is Abigail Elizabeth Ottley Wyatt. Until 2004 I was a teacher of English and English Literature. Now, thanks to a period of serious illness and a major life re-think, I write poetry and short fiction and I have to say that I have never been happier.

Born and raised in Essex I have spent most of my working life in Cornwall teaching in a large comprehensive school. Recently I moved to Penzance where I live with David, my singer-songwriter partner and my little dog, Percy Dog Esq.

Since I began submitting my work in 2008 examples of  my poetry, short stories, and flash fiction have appeared in more than a hundred magazines, journals and anthologies  and been available to readers all over the world. Some of my earlier poems I publish here from time to time but with new work I am apt to be more careful. (Naturally, I am reluctant to ‘use up ‘ first publication rights.) However, Old Soldiers, Old Bones and Other Stories (published in 2012 in conjunction with One Million Stories) is available from Lulu at the very modest and reasonable price of £4.99.



2017 –  Lisa Thomas Poetry Competition – 2nd prize – The Song of the Old Red Hen

2016 – Mothers Milk Press – Pamphlet Competition – Runner up – The Frozen Girl

2014 – Mothers Milk Press Writing Prize – Highly Commended – South Crofty Mine, 1948

2014 – Rhyme and Reason Writing Competition – Highly Commended – My Father Sits Upon A Shelf

2014 – The Page is Printed – Highly Commended – Sarah William and the Flibertigibbet

2013 – Hysteria Poetry Competition – Judge

2013 – The Page is Printed – Highly Commended

2012 – Puschcart Nominee – Still Life

2012 – The Page is Printed Competition – Highly Commended – They Call It Grooming

2012 – Lisa Thomas Poetry Competition – 1st prize – Insight After Midnight

2012 – Hysteria Poetry Competition – winner – Lady Convolvulus




2 thoughts on “A Bit About Me

  1. Thank you for reading and for commenting. I have a couple of blogs now. One of them is Mad Rabbit Crying Out Loud which I have started to to publish poetry and prose that examines the impact of ‘austerity’ measures on the lives of ordinary people. So much suffering. To try to give voice to some of it seems little enough to do.

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