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