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Eleanor Rees

  • Poetry, 2018
Eleanor Rees

Eleanor Rees was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside. Her pamphlet collection Feeding Fire (Spout, 2001) received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and her first full length collection, Andraste’s Hair (Salt, 2007), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Glen Dimplex New Writer Award, Ireland. Her second collection Eliza and the Bear (Salt, 2009) was also a live performance for voice and harp. The indie band Eliza and the Bear are named after the book. Her third full-length collection is Blood Child (Liverpool University Press/Pavilion, 2015) and she has also published a long pamphlet, Riverine (Gatehouse Press, 2015).

Eleanor has worked extensively as a poet in the community, running writing workshops for The Windows Project, Liverpool. She has offered readings at many national and international poetry festivals as well as community events. In 2015 Eleanor was selected for Versopolis, an EU funded online platform for promotion of European poetry, emerging authors and renowned literary festivals, events and organisations. Selections of her poetry have been translated into German, Lithuanian, Slovak and Spanish.

As Nicky Arscott writes in Poetry Wales ‘Rees has an outstanding ability to act as a conduit between past and present. It is as though she has tapped into an ancient reservoir ‘remarkable and unsung’, and stepped aside in order for the reader to experience the torrent of its mysterious element uninterrupted by poetic ego or personal agenda. She slips like silt between and into different forms: seagull, mineral, light. A diver into – and retriever of – other realms and substances, she is made of mud ‘so otherly, otherly’.

Eleanor also holds a PhD University of Exeter, ‘Making Connections’: The Work of the Local Poet. She often collaborates with other writers, musicians and artists and works to commission. Eleanor is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool Hope University and lives in Liverpool.

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