Wendy Allen

Agent: Laetitia Rutherford

Wendy Allen worked as Cabin Crew for 20 years before leaving in August 2020. She began writing poetry during lockdown. Her work has since appeared in Ambit, Poetry Wales, The Moth, Poetry Ireland Review, The Rialto, The London Magazine, The North and Banshee. Wendy’s poetry centres around themes of sex, menstruation, autofiction and art, specifically sculpture and the work of Barbara Hepworth. Her debut pamphlet, Plastic Tubed Little Bird, was published in May 2023 with Broken Sleep Editions, and her second book, Portrait in Mustard, will be published in 2025 with Seren Books. Wendy also writes collaboratively with Dr Charley Barnes, and their collection, free bleeding, was published in February 2024. Alongside writing, Wendy hosts the podcast ‘What We’ve Been Reading’ with Charley Barnes. She co-edits the online journal annie with Charley, and the two have edited an anthology of erotic poetry, Under Your Pillow, which published with Victorina Press. In May 2023 she graduated from Oxford Brookes with an MA in Creative Writing and in October 2023 she starts a PhD in Creative Writing at Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met.

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