Poetry

Rootstalk is available to order here.

“It is the nature of woodland to be in on a secret”

Rootstalk is written in five voices, some drawn from myth, others from historical accounts, all re-imagined. The lives of these characters are shaped by the Ghost Orchid (Epipogium aphyllum), one of the rarest wild orchids, which spends most of its life underground and flowers once every decade or so. In Rootstalk, the Ghost Orchid becomes the point of fascination and search, of longing, loss and reconciliation.

Praise for Rootstalk:
“Ella Duffy’s pamphlet Rootstalk is a dark ghostly marvel, a short and thoroughly captivating account of the rare Ghost Orchid, blooming once per decade and bringing with it a chorus of strange voices, mythic or historic, insistent + longing.” – Juliano Zaffino

“… the pamphlet has a dramatic quality that I can imagine being performed as theatre… Duffy might be a relatively new poet but she writes with the kind of verve and intelligence that heralds an exciting poetic future.” – Dzifa Benson

Rootstalk was shortlisted for a 2021 Saboteur Award and was a Poetry School Book of the Year 2020.


New Hunger is available to order here.

‘Confident and bold poems, unafraid to tackle poetry’s big themes of nature or mythology, but always knowing to ground themselves in the body, or in an utterly precise and perfect image. Thrilling stuff!’ – Andrew McMillan 

‘New Hunger is a vivid and intimate collection, one which explores a nascent queerness, new love, and tenderly draws its finest inspirations from the bounty of the natural world.’ – Mary Jean Chan

‘Ella Duffy’s ‘New Hunger’ is a gorgeous pamphlet, bright with transformation, both in its rich and varied metaphor, and its physical metamorphoses. These are poems that also translate the world into kindness. If “loneliness is intimacy told backwards”, then these poems telegraph across the cold distances with empathy and love. Erotic, startling, grief-ridden but hopeful, you will find these poems “hooked […] under your heart”; this pamphlet offers a rich and rewarding imaginative world, and I cannot wait to read Ella Duffy’s first collection.’ – Fiona Benson 

‘Carefully crafted like precious jewels, these debut pamphlet poems are a delight.’ – Kate Noakes, London Grip


Online:

All this blue‘ in bath magg

‘Shy Supper’ in SPOONFEED

Shard‘ in the Guardian

‘Tuna’ for the The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry

Two poems for ArtHouse Jersey

‘Mantis’ in the Guardian

Elsewhere:

‘Thirst’ in O (pre-order)

‘Rumour’ in Poetry Ireland Review

‘More than shells’ in London Magazine

Translation of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger in Modern Poetry in Translation

‘Two women sit for breakfast’ in fourteen poems

‘Hericium’ in The Rialto

‘Saints’ in The North

‘Ouroboros’ in Live Canon 2019 Anthology

‘Since You Ask’ in Pain

‘Halves’ in Ambit

Two poems in The Rialto

‘Odyssey’ in The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual


PRIZES

Saboteur Award for Best Pamphlet 2021 (Shortlisted)

The 2020 Pat Kavanagh Prize (Shortlisted)

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2020 (Additional Prize)

The Live Canon International Poetry Competition 2019 (Winner)

The Ambit Poetry Competition 2019 (Third Place)

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry 2018 (Runner-up)

Aesthetica Magazine’s Creative Writing Award 2018 (Finalist)

The Bridport Prize for Poetry 2018 (Shortlisted)

Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award 2011 (Commended)

Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award 2010 (Winner)