Tim Ellis


Tim Ellis lives in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in the UK, where he runs a small gardening business. He is fascinated by wildlife, especially birds, and with his partner the artist Robbie Burns he has travelled around much of the world seeking out the rare and the beautiful.

As a poet he divides his talents equally between page and stage. His first book was a collection of 40 sonnets around a theme of birds called Birds of the World in Colour, published by Flarestack in 2004, and his second book was a poetic journey through Latin America called Gringo on the Chickenbus, published by Stairwell Books in 2011. On Smashwords he has self-published two "verse-novels", On The Verge and God The Banana, the latter in three parts called The Prophet of Amanga, The Temple of the Monkey, and The Evil of God.

His poems have appeared in several magazines including The Dalesman, Orbis and the Poetry Society’s Poetry News. He has won many prizes including 1st prize in the 2011 Huddersfield Grist Poetry Competition.

On the performance side, he is a well known face at slams, festivals and Open Mics throughout the North of England. He is a previous winner of the Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic Competition and in 2011 he won the first York Poetry Slam. He can occasionally be found at poetry events in York and Leeds, but his principal haunt is Poems, Prose and Pints at the Tap & Spile pub in Harrogate.

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The Evil Of God
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,770. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
The third and final part of the God The Banana trilogy. We finally learn why Imti Mentoo is waiting for Ben in the cathedral and what it is the god has been holding all day. The evil of this god is revealed in all its ghastly totality.
The Temple Of The Monkey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,920. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic, Fiction » Religious
A bright young graduate called Benjamin Bremmer has travelled to the tropical island republic of Amanga, looking for purpose in his life. Unbeknownst to Ben, he has been adopted as a messiah by the evil local deity Imti Mentoo. Starting a new relationship with the blond and seductive fellow traveller Charlie, the couple travel to a remote forest ashram presided over by the sinister Guru Bhogi.
The Prophet Of Amanga
Price: Free! Words: 16,200. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic, Fiction » Religious
When the bright young graduate Benjamin Bremmer arrives in the mysterious tropical island republic of Amanga, he is seeking some purpose to his life. Unbeknownst to him, the evil local deity Imti Mentoo has already decided Ben's purpose. This is the first of the three-part epic sonnet sequence, God The Banana. "...shocking, hilarious and sometimes unsettling..." - Amazon customer review.
On The Verge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,150. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Sold to raise funds for rhino conservation, this is a verse-novel telling the incredible story of a young hitch-hiker who is given a ride by Arno, a bad tempered trucker who drives a gigantic juggernaut. Arno’s bullish and profit-driven world-view causes much friction between him and his passenger as the ill-matched pair embark on a terrifying journey, their adventures becoming ever more surreal.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Climate Change (2014) on Nov. 08, 2015

    This book is aimed at readers in the US, so it only has relevance up to a point for a European like me, but it covers the crucial subject of climate change quite adequately and I would urge any American citizen to read it as we approach the Paris climate summit. Nobody can afford to be ignorant on this issue!