Poet. Researcher. Workshop Facilitator.

Mari Ellis Dunning’s debut poetry collection, Salacia, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2019. She has since placed second in both the Lucent Dreaming Short Story Competition and the Sylvia Plath Poetry Prize. Mari is a PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University, where she is writing a historic novel set in sixteenth-century Wales, exploring the relationship between accusations of witchcraft, the female body and reproduction. Pearl and Bone is available from Parthian now. Mari lives on the west coast of Wales with her husband, their two sons, and their very adorable poochon.


Recent Publications

Pearl & Bone
The Wrong Side of the Looking Glass
After Sylvia Anthology

“Mari Ellis Dunning writes with honesty about mental disorder and the intricacies of depression.”

– Anna Lewis

“A unique and urgent voice plotted against a rich lyricism.”

– Rhian Edwards

“Mari Ellis Dunning brings to life a world in which Welsh women do not write their own stories, but rather have stories written upon them.”

– Gareth Leaman

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