Solo Readings

Eleanor is an experienced and powerful reader of her own work. Her poetry is written to be heard; the dense sound patterns and textures of her poetry fully coming to life when spoken aloud. Eleanor creates a poetic experience rich with image and an immersive atmosphere, soft and sensual.

Commissioned poems have appeared on Radio 3, The Verb as part of the Free Thinking Festival, Liverpool 2007 — a live broadcast in front of a studio audience, BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Programme, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio 4.

Recent readings have included a barge on the Thames and in a bakery in Anfield. Eleanor is always keen to find fresh and atmospheric places for her poetry and to create a intimate and compelling relationship with an audience.


A selection of recordings of solo readings:

An audio recording of ‘Night River’ as part of the Write On Liverpool, photography exhibition by Leila Romaya and Paul McCann, 2008. This recording was made at Otterspool prom on the Mersey river early one spring morning and includes a short introduction.

Night River at Otterspool Prom, 2008

Eleanor reading ‘Changeling’ at the London Launch of ‘Eliza and the Bear’, 2009.


A selection of solo public readings 1999-2011

Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool 4th December 2010; Poetry Café, Poetry Society, Covent Garden, London18th Sept, 2010;Poetry at the GRV Reading, Edinburgh, 12th Sept, 2010;Hidden Door’ Festival, Aug, 2010;Edinburgh Festival Fringe Salt Poets Reading, Edinburgh 23rd Aug, 2010;Twilight at the Bandstand, Sefton Park Bandstand, Liverpool, 31st July, Bluebell Independent Bookshop, Penrith, 10th July, 2010;Manchester Book Market, Manchester, 25th June, 2010;Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool,15th May 2010;Ricefields Chinese Arts Centre, Glasgow, 25th Apr; Moers VHS Adult Education College, Germany, Mar, 2010;;Haiti Fundraiser, Sefton Park Palm House, 21st Feb, 2010;Eliza and the Bear, London Book Launch, London, 01 Dec 2009;;Eliza and the Bear, Liverpool Book Launch, Bluecoat Arts Centre, 18th Nov, 2009;Version Film Festival, Corner House Arts Centre, Manchester, 19th July 2009;Hope International Literary Festival, Hope University College Liverpool 3rd Dec 2008;Costa Poetry Café, Liverpool 13th Oct 2008;Bolton Octagon, 14th Apr 2008;Ledbury Poetry Festival, 10th July 2008;Durham Writers, Durham, March 2008;Troubadour Cafe Poetry Readings, London, 4th Feb 2008;MAC Centre, Birmingham, 2008; The Puzzle, Sowerby Bridge 2007; View Two Gallery, Liverpool, 2007; Poetry Society Forward Prize, 2007; Salt Margins, The Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2007; The Fragrant Project, Croxteth Hall, Liverpool 2007; Freshfields Hotel, Formby 2007; Liverpool Independents Biennial, 2006; Manchester Book Fair, 2006; Back to the Machine Gun, Liverpool 2006; Vertebrate, Manchester, 2005; DGPS Everyman Theatre, 2005; Fiction @ FACT 2005; Liverpool Palm House, Liverpool 2004; Verbiage, Winter Gardens Sheffield 2004; Fiction @ FACT, Liverpool, 2004; Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 2004; SHE, Kirklees Media Centre, Huddersfield; Ledbury Poetry Festival, 2003; DGPS, Everyman Theatre Third Room, Liverpool, 2003; Kirklees Media Centre, Close to the Bone Project, 2003; Eric Gregory Awards, Poetry Society, London, 2002; Public Life, Shoreditch, London, 2002; The Wardrobe, Leeds 1999; Demo/text 1999, The Word Hoard, Huddersfield.

Eleanor reads at Twilight at the Bandstand, July 2010, Sefton Park, Liverpool