I’m Carmen Marcus, an author and poet who lives on the wild North Yorkshire coast.
As the daughter of a Yorkshire fisherman and Irish chef, my work brings together the practical and the magical, the brutal and the lyrical.
My poetry has been commissioned by The Royal Festival Hall, The Southbank Centre, BBC Radio and Durham Book Festival.
My debut novel HOW SAINTS DIE, was released in 2017 by Harvill Secker and tells the tale of ten-year-old Ellie Fleck, and how she conjures a wolf of water to cope with her mother’s mental breakdown. I’ve just been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.
You can find out more about me at carmenellen2013.wordpress.com