About me

About me

I’m a poet, writer and producer. I write with a focus on nature and connection and produce and host poetry readings, open mics, literary events and podcasts.

I unearth the stories that need telling and find the best way to tell them, whether that’s through sound, visual storytelling or on the page. I love to empower and support people and can help you to find your story and the courage and confidence to tell it.

I’m really excited about the power of creativity to impact positively on mental health and wellbeing. In 2022, with things getting back to some kind of normal, I’m running creative writing workshops and retreats in the beautiful Devon countryside, with a focus on mining our experience to tell our own stories. We’ll be connecting with the natural landscape and ourselves and finding the space to foster our creativity.

I have a Masters in Creative Writing and a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing, have had work published in national, regional and local outlets and can frequently be found showing off online or in real life settings amongst artsy folk. In my work as a Communications professional I have the privilege of translating inspirational health research into compelling stories and telling them to the world.

I’ve just published my first poetry pamphlet, you are here, with Sandrock Press and live in a falling down house outside Exeter with a husband, daft dog, dribbly cat and three hens who foster plans for world domination.

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Testimonials

“Ysella has a supportive and collaborative approach to teaching which allows those she works with to find their own voice and grow and develop in a way that is true and sustainable. She’s genuinely excited by the work of others so you feel her full engagement and encouragement when she offers advice and direction.”Emily Debney, Teacher and Co-Founder of Limelight Creative Learning Workshop

“I was lucky enough to be invited by Ysella to read and to run a workshop. In addition to being a professional, welcoming and lively host and a passionate, committed poet, she is that rare thing: a creative but meticulous organiser. Heartily recommended.”Jacqueline Saphra, Poet and Teacher

“Ysella is skilled at getting to the heart of what does or doesn’t work about a piece of writing. She provides thoughtful, insightful advice to help shape your work. She doesn’t try to push her writing preferences or style onto you, but rather helps to bring out the best in your writing while keeping your voice intact.”Zoe, Creative Writing Masters Student

“Ysella is an artist who makes amazing things happen. Not only a beautiful writer and performer who’ll dig at your skin and provoke your bones, but a platformer of poets, a scouter of talents, a warm, fizzy & funny host, a supporter, collaborator and champion of all things wonderful.”
-Chris White, Poet, Writer, Teacher, Producer