Alice Allen grew up in Jersey and lives in London. Published in several literary magazines and anthologies, Alice won the 2014 Flambard Poetry Prize and was shortlisted in the 2017 PROLE Poetry Pamphlet Prize. Alice is a poetry reviewer for Sabotage and a writing mentor at the children’s literacy charity, The Ministry of Stories.
Alice was awarded a grant from ArtHouse Jersey in relation to her collection of poems set in Jersey during the German occupation of the Channel Islands in the second world war. Alice’s poems draw on archival sources, present day interviews, local war-time folklore and fragments of her own family’s history, as well as using elements of the Jèrriais language. The poems explore the experiences of the local population and those of other nationalities who were brought to the islands, including people from the Soviet Union, North Africa and across Europe. The grant will enable further research and development to complete the collection and will go towards the costs of producing a book.