Listen to an incisive interview with Eleanor on Radio Four Front Row. 18 mins in…
Eleanor is excited to announce the publication of a new long pamphlet published by Gatehouse Press, part of the Lighthouse Literary Journal Pamphlet series. There is no stillness and there is no lack: in this evocative new pamphlet, internationally-recognised poet Eleanor Rees taps into the flow that runs through everyday acts of being. From […]Continue reading →
Listen to an incisive interview with Eleanor on Radio Four Front Row. 18 mins in…
Brilliant article in The Skinny with Eleanor Rees on local poets, politics and her new collection Blood Child.
‘Reading and Writing Contemporary Poetry for Beginners’ Workshop
Thurs 4th June, 2-4pm at Altrincham Library
A free event. Book online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reading-and-writing-contempo…
Join award-winning poet and experienced creative writing tutor Eleanor Rees, poet to explore the world of contemporary poetry. From performance poetry to the experimental sonnet Eleanor will introduce you to some of the best contemporary poets writing today. She will also enable you to write your own poem using playful creative writing exercises. Poetry is for everyone and can offer riches – many joys and consolations. With a friendly manner and wide-knowledge of the art-form Eleanor will open the door to poetry. No prior knowledge required
Eleanor is putting together a series of readings in support of the publication of Blood Child.
If you are interested in having Eleanor come and read her poetry at your event, however big or small, do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possibilities! X
Eleanor was very pleased to be invited this week for an interview on Front Row, Radio Four. Listen to it on iplayer. The interview includes extracts from the performance version of ‘Eliza and the Bear’ and ‘High Tide’ a new song for folk singer, Emily Portman.
Eleanor has been selected to take part in an exciting exchange programme between Ledbury Festival, UK and ten European Poetry Festivals.
Ledbury Poetry Festival is part of Versopolis. This is a European poetry platform that creates new opportunities for emerging European poets and is supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme and coordinated by Beletrina Academic Press, who also organises the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival.
Excellent poets write poems in every language but are often unknown beyond the boundaries of the language they write in. The aim of Versopolis is to change this, creating a unique, Europe-wide platform that gives emerging European poets the chance to reach an international audience and meet poets from other countries.
For 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival selected five emerging poets: Eleanor Rees, Liz Berry, Kim Moore, Adam Horovitz and Meirion Jordan.
In its first year the Versopolis project will promote 55 authors and their poetry, united under its motto ‘where poetry lives’, along with 11 festivals, which will act as literature promoters and publishers in the European literary space. The Versopolis platform involves the following literary/poetry festivals:
ARS POETICA, Slovakia;
GENOA INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Italy;
?MEÅS INTERNATIONELLA LITTERATURFESTIVAL, Sweden;
INSTYTUT KULTURY MIEJSKIEJ (CITY CULTURE INSTITUTE), Poland;
LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL, Great Britain;
STRUSKI VECERI NA POEZIJATA (STRUGA POETRY EVENINGS), Macedonia;
POETINIS DRUSKININK? RUDUO (DRUSKININKAI POETIC FALL), Lithuania;
FELIX POETRY FESTIVAL, Belgium;
GORANOVO PROLJE?E (GORAN’S SPRNG), Croatia;
LITERATURE & WINE FESTIVAL, Austria;
DNEVI POEZIJE IN VINA (DAYS OF POETRY AND WINE), Slovenia.
Versopolis will help authors already established in their home countries spread their poetry across borders, its first and foremost aim being to promote European poets and their work and to create a close-knit poetic community.
Beletrina says it wants to see “not only canonised and widely recognisable poets reach the consciousness of European literature lovers”, but the voices of younger generations “also gain their place”. It added that the selected poets “will receive attention through performances and translations of their works on a digital platform”.
Eleanor is very pleased to be working at the University of Glasgow for the next five months teaching on their prestigious and friendly MLitt and MFA programme.
Eleanor is honoured to be reading a selection of her Liverpool poems at the 50th Celebration Symposium of the John Moores Foundation at the Maritime Museum.
26th November, 9.30 – 4 pm, FREE More here
Eleanor will be reading from her forthcoming third collection Blood Child (Pavilion, 2015). Many of her poems explore the peninsula landscape of the Wirral and its local history presenting place as a continual process of re-imagining.
4th December, 7- 9pm. £4.00
Eleanor has a feature essay in the new online issue of The Lighthouse Literary Journal ‘Dusk Town’ and ‘Congleton Tapestry’: ‘Writing With Small Towns’.
Announcing Pavilion Poetry
Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce the introduction of a path-breaking new series of poetry books that celebrate risk-taking in the form while aiming to both challenge and delight readers.
Evolving out from the Press’ prestigious poetry criticism list and edited by Deryn Rees-Jones, award-winning poet and Professor of English at the University of Liverpool, Pavilion Poetry aims to seek out and publish all that is daring and relevant in contemporary poetry.
Launching in April 2015, the series will debut with three books from a trio of the United Kingdom’s most compelling poets. Small Hands, the debut collection from Mona Arshi, winner of the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize and the Magma Poetry Competition in 2012, is a rich rumination on a variety of human experience: grief, pleasure, hardship, and tradition. While often lyrical, haunting, and uncanny, there is a gentle poignancy that sits alongside a political edge, marking her out as one of the most distinctive new voices writing today.
In Sarah Corbett’s verse-novel And She Was, time and narrative bend and interlock across a play of poetic forms to compose one story of love and loss. Corbett draws on Haruki Murakami’s fictional spell-making and the filmic neo-noir of Atom Agoyem and David Lynch to push poetic boundaries and deliver a work that asks us to renegotiate the ways we encounter and reconfigure ourselves. She is a past winner of an Eric Gregory Award and was previously shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Meanwhile, Blood Child is Eleanor Rees’s third full-length collection (her debut was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection). Here Rees hones and extends her startling use of language and imagery to enact the many aspects of change – fleeting, elusive or moored in a negotiation of the material world as she roams through the landscapes of self and city. The idea of generation is explored in all its possibilities, the ‘child’ and the ‘girl’ are recurrent motifs, immanent and on the threshold of a magical or imaginative transformation. Landscapes are crossed, swum, burrowed under or flown above; skins and edges are sheared or lost, new coverings found and remade. Rees’s poems ask how new routes can be forged across shifting terrain and she offers the emergent space of the imagination as the only answer.
Alison Welsby, Editorial Director at Liverpool University Press, said, “This new venture for the Press is an opportunity to highlight some of the most original voices in contemporary poetry. Led by one of this country’s finest poets, Pavilion Poetry is an obvious development for LUP, building on many decades as a leading publisher of poetry criticism.”
Series Editor Prof. Deryn Rees-Jones added, “The University of Liverpool has a long and illustrious tradition of being a home to poets. This new LUP series marks an exciting moment in the relationship between the Press and the Department of English’s Centre for New and International Writing. The poets we are publishing ask important questions about the contemporary world, and do so fearlessly and movingly. It is a huge privilege to be working with them and for their work to be at the heart of a Press that will continue to publish the very best in new writing. We think Pavilion Poetry will find its place among the top poetry publishing houses today.”
To view the Pavilion Poetry series page, please click here.
Keep up to date with the series by following Pavilion Poetry on Twitter: @PavilionPoetry
Liverpool University Press: www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk
Mona Arshi: www.monaarshi.com
Sarah Corbett: www.sarahcorbettpoet.wordpress.com
Eleanor Rees: www.eleanorrees.info
Eleanor had a great day recently leading poetry workshops for MMU in the ‘Edgelands’ of Crewe. Participants were asked to engage with the agency of all the objects in the space – that’s talking to stones and trees!
For more details and workshop exercises see here
For an lovely account of the day by novelist, Jenn Ashworth see here