Special Events

Fri 09 Aug 2024

Reimagining The Wirral with poet Eleanor Rees



Approx running time

90 minutes


Williamson Art Gallery

Ticket Price

Standard - FREE

Part of Into The Wyld at Williamson Art Gallery

This event is part of Weavers, a programme of performances, talks, workshops and readings curated by Dr Silvia Battista as part of Into The Wyld at Williamson Art Gallery. The Weavers program is supported by Liverpool Hope University.

Internationally-recognised poet Eleanor Rees will read two long, immersive poems which seek to take you into another world.

She will begin with Blue Black (Pavilion, 2015) which explores the landscape of the Wirral at dusk through the flight of a gull and draws on Welsh poetry, Norse history, and local knowledge. This is followed by The Well at Winter Solstice (Salt, 2019) a poem set at Penmon Priory, Ynys Mon/Anglesey which dissolves the lyric voice into the sacred well as the light returns for the new year.

Eleanor will also offer several short new poems written with the evocative landscapes of Bidston Hill and Birkenhead.

The reading will be followed by a discussion of poetic imagination in relation to place, especially with the landscapes of the Wirral. Audience members are invited to bring a poem of their own written about the Wirral to read in this group sharing of poetry.

Eleanor Rees was born in Birkenhead in 1978. She has published five collections of poetry, Tam Lin of the Winter Park (Guillemot Press, 2022), The Well at Winter Solstice (Salt, 2019), Blood Child (Pavilion, 2015), Eliza and the Bear (Salt, 2009), and Andraste’s Hair (Salt, 2007), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Selections of Eleanor’s poems have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Lithuanian, Slovak and Romanian. (Versopolis, 2016, 2019, 2024). She is the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, an Irish Glen Dimplex New Writers’ Award and a Northern Writers’ Award and is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Liverpool Hope University.

“Rees has an outstanding ability to act as a conduit between past and present …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’”

Nicky Arscott, Poetry Wales

“These are poems written in a state of grace, trusting in the infinite wisdom of the universe. And Rees gives us hope that all manner of things shall be well in the end, if we are only able to shift our vision.”

Philosopher, Rosi Braidotti

Dates & Times

Fri 09 Aug 2024

Williamson Art Gallery

Slatey Road
CH43 4UE

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