Photo: Andrew Noble
Ellis Gunn was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she published three poetry collections. She has performed her work on national television and radio and at literary festivals in Britain, Europe and Australia.
She has been longlisted for the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and the Bridport Short Story Prize (UK).
She recently won the Olga Masters Short Story Prize.
She has also been shortlisted for the Whitmore Press Manuscript Award, the Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award, The University of Canberra International Poetry Prize and the Newcastle Poetry Prize.
Ellis Gunn's world is turned upside down when she realises that she is being followed by a man she doesn't know - and that she can't make him stop.
What if your life were suddenly transformed by anxiety and fear? The fear of being alone, the anxiety compelling you to stay in public places and avoid predictable routines. The terrible uncertainty of not knowing whether you should fear for your life, and maybe even the lives of your children. The dreadful knowledge that, ultimately, you are powerless to escape.
In Rattled, Ellis tells her
horrifyingly relatable story.
She shares her personal unravelling in the face of terror: her search for security, and the things she does to try and stay sane and in control, her fear and rage when her stalker turns up at her son’s school.
The experience conjures up other incidents of sexual harassment and abuse that she has endured, incidents she often accepted as 'normal'. Spurred on to look deeper, she discovers that stalking is part of an underlying misogyny that more than half the population is dealing with on a daily basis.
As gripping as a thriller, as moving as a tragedy, as passionate as a polemic and as practical as a manual. An extraordinary, candid, wise and terrifying book for our times.
Jane Caro AM, Award-winning writer
Gunn's language is gorgeous and lyrical, and she uses a poet's skill to wield her words as weapons... I tore through Rattled in a single day.
Ava Barry, author of
Rattled is a great achievement. A warm, frank, thoughtful book that ultimately seems to assert very loudly: I am NOT alone, you CANNOT isolate me, you cannot bring me down, and you cannot have me. Gunn has bloody nailed it.
Lucy Ellmann, author of
News & Events
3 - 8
Brisbane Writers Festival
Thu 5 May 2022 - The Past is Always Personal
Christine Jackman, Yumiko Kadota, Emma Jane, Ellis Gunn
slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library
Sat 7 May 2022 - Women, Survival, Violence and the Law
Jess Hill, Amani Haydar, Ellis Gunn
The Edge Auditorium, level 1, State Library
Meet the Author Event
An Evening With Ellis Gunn organised by Matilda Bookshop
Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore.
Wed 18th May, 6.30pm - 7.30pm