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NEW COLLECTION FORTHCOMING APRIL 2015

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BloodChildEleanor has a new collection of poems Blood Child forthcoming for Pavilion Poetry. For more on the this exciting new press see below.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Teaching Landscape Writing

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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

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/AH/GEN931_MMU

For an lovely account of the day by novelist, Jenn Ashworth see here

http://jennashworth.co.uk/2014/04/writing-and-landscape-at-mmu-crewe/

Storm and Golden Sky

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Born of a Liverpool taste for variety and drama, ‘Storm and Golden Sky’ offers literary high style from across the poetic landscape; experimental, lyric, performance and all that is in-between, and brings them, two at a time, hand by hand, into the city bounds for a reading series which revels in the intensities of our art.

Programmed by a collective of Liverpool-based poets, Michael Egan, Nathan Jones, Robert Sheppard and Eleanor Rees, we aim for a literary experience felt in your bones as juxtaposition and surprise correspondence. New metaphors will be forged, similarities caught, trajectories flown.

Invited poets will read for substantial half-hour sets introduced by new works from the collective.

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Next up 27th June Holly Pester and Evan Jones

18th July Niall Campbell and tbc

And monthly thereafter…

Readings start at 7.00pm on the dot in the upstairs room of The Caledonia. £5 entry. And free mag! Arrive early to get drink and the best seats.

Writing on Water

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Eleanor is very pleased to be working on a new collaborative poem for performance with the artist and writer, Justin Coombes, for an event ‘Writing on Water’ in Oxford, May 14th 2014 at the Fordham Gallery, a 60ft x 12ft canal barge, travelling art gallery and residency for national and international artists moored on the Oxford Canal.

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Writing Cafe, 2014

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Next session  Tues April 8th, 7-9 pm 

Tues 8th

Thurs 17th

Then tuesday thereafter

Eleanor will be hosting a Writing Cafe at  Cafe 81 Renshaw Street.

The session is for all writers and will be primarily practice-based with Eleanor leading a range of creative writing games and exercises to stimulate your imagination. Perfect for developing an ongoing writing project, finding time in the day to focus on your writing or just having fun making things up! There will also be sharing of work-in-progress and close readings of poems and prose.

The notion is to run a writing workshop like a dance, yoga or life drawing class with the focus on learning through doing! Eleanor is an experienced writing workshop tutor specialising in creativity. She has taught in HE and is currently working on a PhD, ‘Re-imagining the Local Poet’.

The cafe will stay open for 15 mins at the start of the class for tea,coffee,cake etc which may well be needed on these cold winter nights.

£6..00/5.00 concession per class, sessions ongoing through Jan. Dates will alter in February.

You can drop-in on the night but if you are coming do let Eleanor know if you can make it and for more details reeseleanor@hotmail.com  or https://www.facebook.com/events/543356339079942/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

ELEANOR’S WRITING CAFE@81 RENSHAW STREET 26th NOVEMBER 7-9 pm

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Next session 26th November, 7-9 pm Eleanor will be hosting a Writing Cafe at  Cafe 81 Renshaw Street.

The session is for all writers and will be primarily practice-based with Eleanor leading a range of creative writing games and exercises to stimulate your imagination. Perfect for developing an ongoing writing project, finding time in the day to focus on your writing or just having fun making things up! There will also be sharing of work-in-progress and close readings of poems and prose.

The notion is to run a writing workshop like a dance, yoga or life drawing class with the focus on learning through doing! Eleanor is an experienced writing workshop tutor specialising in creativity. She has taught in HE and is currently working on a PhD, ‘Re-imagining the Local Poet’.

The cafe will stay open for 15 mins at the start of the class for tea,coffee,cake etc which may well be needed on these cold winter nights.

£6..00/5.00 concession per class, sessions ongoing until Christmas (excluding 5th and 19th Nov).

You can drop-in on the night but if you are coming do let Eleanor know if you can make it and for more details reeseleanor@hotmail.com  or https://www.facebook.com/events/543356339079942/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

TWO NEW LIVERPOOL POEMS IN ‘THE CLEARING’

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Eleanor is pleased to have two new poems ‘Mossley Hill’ and ‘In My Ears and In My Ears’ included in ‘The Clearing’.

THE CLEARING is an online magazine published by Little Toller Books that offers writers and artists a dedicated space in which to explore and celebrate the landscapes we live in. Our contributors are encouraged to go forth and find distinctive visions that startle us, rural or urban, modern or prehistoric, industrial, post-industrial, fantastical, natural, political, however they come. But each must be meaningful, surprising, felt. We welcome cross-fertilisations of genre and discipline, collaboration and innovation. We want to be inspired and challenged by cultures, practices and stories of places that may be going untold.

To read them see here

 

‘HIGH TIDE’, A SONG LYRIC FOR FOLK SINGER EMILY PORTMAN

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Eleanor has written her first song lyric, ‘High Tide’,  for the award-winning folk singer, Emily Portman. Emily and Eleanor share a fascination with metamorphosis and shape-shifting, a theme which Emily has eerily captured in her ghostly and tidal melody.

‘High Tide’ will be played for the first time at the Irish Sea Sessions, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 18th October 2013, part of Liverpool Irish Festival, 2013.

For more on Emily Portman

This from the Philharmonic on the Irish Sea Sessions:

The groundbreaking, part super-group part sessions project returns with a radically new and exciting line up of the most talented musicians in their field. Now in its fourth year, 13 hand-picked multi-instrumentalists and singers from traditional and contemporary music backgrounds, and from both sides of the Irish Sea, come together with the audience for another night of impassioned exposition of the shared music and the special bond between Liverpool and Ireland.

The line-up changes each year. This year, singers Declan O’Rourke (Galileo, Sarah), Emily Portman (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2013 Best Contemporary Song ‘The Hatchling’), Robert Vincent (Life In Easy Steps), Pauline Scanlon (one half of the duo Lumiere) and Alan Burke (Rambling Boys of Pleasure, Afterhours, Tulsk) provide most of the songs.

They are backed by an ensemble of hand-picked instrumentalists: the Coyne Brothers – Mick on uillean pipes, Eamon on fiddle, and Terry Clarke-Coyne on flutes and whistles – are joined by Sean Regan on fiddle, Gino Lupari (of Four Men and a Dog) on percussion, David Munnelly on button accordion and piano, and Neil Campbell on guitars, all led by musical director Bernard O’Neill on double bass and piano. They are equally at home leading rollicking sets of reels or delicate airs. The musicians meet together for the first time just three days in advance, and put together a two-hour show that has all the atmosphere of the finest pub session, with all the quality of a major concert hall setting.

‘One of the highlights of the Liverpool musical year…people will boast for years to come – I was there’
Liverpool Echo