Ellie Potts

Finalist for the Bath Novel Awards Silk Prize for outstanding achievement in fiction for LIFE IN THE FASLANE

I’m a travel-happy writer, copywriter, marketer, and poet, who functions on caffeine and optimism. 

At present, I work as a project coordinator for the Arkbound Foundation, a Bristol-based publishing charity. We support those from disadvantaged backgrounds to break into the writing and publishing industry.

In this role, I manage book publicity, build connections with our authors, complete funding applications, and coordinate charitable projects, such as The Oakupy Project.

Between this work and completing my degree, I have been gaining experience of travel copywriting with the sustainable travel CIC, Island Spirit. Alongside Island Spirit’s director, Kirsty Barnby, I have been researching and writing copy about environmentally friendly accommodation in Sri Lanka. We are collating this copy to make a published guidebook.    

When I am not writing copy for marketing campaigns, funding applications and sustainable accommodation, I can be found writing creatively or reading furiously. My love of fiction and ‘self-help’ non-fiction informs my writing. I am constantly working on one poem or another, with the dream of one day releasing my own anthology.

My love of poetry assisted my creation of the libretto for UWE’s Centre for Music’s Transforming Futures song. I was commissioned to write song lyrics based on Brunel’s impact on transforming Bristol into the city we know today. The libretto I wrote has since been sent to composer, Philip Harper, who created the accompanying music. This song will be performed live in 2022.

To rest my eyes from staring at my writing, I go outdoors. I love to walk, run, surf, and do photography. Although not all at the same time. Going on adventures helps me understand my thoughts and sharpen the function of my writerly brain. 

Contact Ellie: EllieAnnPotts@hotmail.co.uk