Imogen Russell Williams is a children's book critic and editorial consultant. Her pamphlet, "The Women Left Behind" was a runner up in the Brian Dempsey Competition 2019, and will be published in October 2019 as a book including 27 illustrations by Chris Riddell.
'The Women Left Behind'
'Now and then writer and subject are perfectly matched. This is true of Imogen Russell Williams and her stranded women, drawn from from mythology, drama, as well as adult and children's fiction. Each speaks out of her own situation - some bemused and seemingly helpless, some deeply distressed, some telling home truths about the shortcomings of men, some with a wonderful sense of the absurd, some exceedingly robust. Plenty of fine poets have written short monologues of this kind (among them Stevie Smith, Randall Jarrell, Leonard Cohen and Denise Levertov, Ted Hughes and Anne Sexton) - and now Russell Williams, pointing again and again to the sheer staying power of women, shows she has no less powerful an empathy, energy and good ear, and holds her own with them.'