Ilse Pedler was born in Derby in 1963 and grew up in Birmingham. She has a degree in Applied Zoology from Bangor University, a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Cambridge University and is an MRCVS: Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She lives in Saffron Walden, where she works as a vet. She has a son, stepson and a number of small and medium-sized animals. She manages to spend around ten hours a week writing, often pulling over en route to a farm call-out to jot down lines. Her poems have been published widely, in Poetry News, Orbis, The North and other journals.
Ilse’s poetry collection The Dogs that Chase Bicycle Wheels won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Prize 2015.