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Creative Writing Lecturer, Novelist, Anthropologist, Curator, University of Exeter

Ellen Wiles is the author of The Invisible Crowd, a novel (HarperCollins, 2017) and Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition (Columbia University Press, 2015). Her next book, Live Literature, will be published by Palgrave in 2020. She is currently working as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter, and has previously been a Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and a Creative Writing Tutor at City Lit. She teaches workshops in gallery spaces including Camden Arts Centre. She is the founder of Ark, an experimental live literature project, funded by Arts Council England. Before focusing on writing, research and teaching, she worked as a human rights barrister, and has been a legal consultant on human rights projects in Thailand, Botswana and Myanmar. She has a PhD on live literature from the University of Stirling, funded by the AHRC (2019), a Masters in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway (Distinction), a Masters in Human Rights Law from UCL (Distinction), and a degree in Music from Oxford (top First). She lives with her husband and two children in London.