Ellen Renton

  • Ellen Renton c. Ryan Buchanan

Ellen Renton is a poet, performer, and theatre maker from Edinburgh. Her work varies in form and theme, but concerns which she often return to, are ideas of home, our natural environment, and the lived experience of disability.

She was a Playwright’s Studio Scotland mentee in 2019 and an Extant Theatre writing mentee in 2021-22. In 2019, with support from Unlimited and Creative Scotland, she wrote ‘Within Sight’ -  a one-woman multimedia poetry show about the ableism, albinism, and the Paralympics. In 2021 she undertook an Emerging Scottish Writer residency at Cove Park and published her debut poetry pamphlet “An Eye For An Eye For An Eye’ with Stewed Rhubarb Press.  

Her collaborative works have included ‘And Who’s She When She’s At Home’ – a live installation made with visual artist Megan Rudden, ‘What Athena Saw When Tiresias Looked’ – a contemporary retelling of Greek myth made with filmmaker Douglas Tyrrell Bunge, and an environment-themed EP released with electronic musician Lord of the Isles.

Her first project for children, ‘How Do You Take A Photo Of A Dinosaur’, was created with artist Emily Nicholl (Jerwood Fellow 2020-22) and co-commissioned by Imaginate and the National Museum of Scotland as part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival Family Encounters day.