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Elizabeth Bartlett (1924-2008). Courtesy Snipview.

Elizabeth Bartlett (24 April 1924 - 18 June 2008) was an English poet.


Bartlett was born and grew up in Deal, Kent. She won a grammar school scholarship,[1] but left school at 15, and worked in a factory making hypodermic needles.[2]

Her earliest published poem, "Half Holiday", appeared in the magazine Poetry London when she was 19.[3]

Also at 19 she married Denis Perkins. They had a son, Alex, and she was stepmother to his 2 sons, Benedick and Adrian. She lived in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, for 60 years.[4] She worked for many years in the health service, as a doctor's receptionist and for the Home Care Service.[1]


Peter Porter described her work as "truthful, powerful, and unexaggerated. The deprivations of childhood become the deprivations of adulthood and then the disappointments and loneliness of middle age."[2]



  • A Lifetime of Dying: Poems, 1942-1979. Liskeard, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 1979.
  • Strange Territory. Liskeard, Cornwall, UK: Peterloo Poets, 1983.
  • The Czar is Dead. Hungerford, Berkshire, UK: Rivelin Grapheme, 1986.
  • Instead of a Mass. West Kirby, Wirral, UK: Headland, 1991.
  • Look, No Face. Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK: Redbeck Press, 1991.
  • Two Women Dancing: New and selected poems. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Bloodaxe, 1995.
  • Appetites of Love. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Bloodaxe, 2001.
  • Mrs Perkins and Oedipus. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Bloodaxe, 2005.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy The Poetry Archive.[1]

Audio / videoEdit

  • Peterloo Poetry No. 2 (with William Scammell) (Audio Cassette). Peterloo Poets.[1]
  • Elizabeth Bartlett Reading from her Poems (CD). The Poetry Archive, 2005.[1]

See alsoEdit



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Elixabeth Bartlett (1924-2008), The Poetry Archive. Web, Dec. 25, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Elizabeth Bartlett, The Telegraph, June 26, 2008. Web, Apr. 25, 2014.
  3. Carol Rumen, Elizabeth Bartlett, The Guardian, July 29, 2008. Web, Apr. 25, 2014.
  4. Deryn Rees-Jones (4 August 2008). "Elizabeth Bartlett: Poet of the lonely and vulnerable". The Independent. 

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