Poems for Performance

As part of her collaborations with other performers and writers Eleanor has been developing poetry that is also innovative live performance.   This is a reponse to her perception that poetry needs to be presented in a context that informs and supports the meaning of the poem. This approach can inform both the writing and the presentation of Eleanor’s poetry.


In 2008 Eleanor collaborated on Eliza and the Bear: a poem in performance with perfomer Cathy Butterworth and writer/harpist Rebecca Joy Sharp who wrote a specially commissioned harp score for the 35 mins performance. The piece was performed a range of unusual venues across the North West including a medieval water tower in Chester.   

Eliza and the Bear performance dates.


Chapter and Verse Literature Festival, Bluecoat Arts Centre, 19th Oct 2008; Calvalerie, Black-E Arts Centre Dec 2008;Shindig, Blackburne House, Liverpool, Mar, 2008;Lost Voices, View Two Gallery, Apr 2008; Chester Performs on Chester Walls 28th May 2008.Extract from Eliza and the Bear on Radio 3 The Verb recorded Broadcasting House December 2009;Private View Bridewell Open Studios, Liverpool, 19th December, 2010; For Folks Sake, The Magpie’s Nest, Islington, London, 28th August, 2010