Ilisha Thiru Purcell

Ilisha Thiru Purcell is a poet based in and from Newcastle upon Tyne. Ilisha is one of the three poets in the inaugural cohort of the Poets of Colour Incubator, and is a Young Creative Associate with New Writing North. Ilisha won a commission to perform at the 2023 Newcastle Poetry Festival, and was selected to be part of Apples and Snakes’ development programme Word’s a Stage 2.0. Her work has appeared in publications such as Popshot, The Butcher’s Dog and Dear Damsels, and she is a member of the collective Brown Girls Write.