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), and also a free "Best Of" collection called Ellisian Fields.
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, feativals 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, of which he is now an organiser.
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The Evil Of God
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
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
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 satirical epic sonnet sequence, God The Banana.
Tim Ellis is one of the UK’s most exciting environmental poets. Ellisian Fields is a selection of 43 of the best poems he’s written over his 20 year career. Some are popular but previously unpublished performance poems, some are competition winners, and others samples from his three collections. An essential introduction to the work of this witty yet authoritative writer.
On The Verge
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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