Eleanor Rees


Eleanor Rees was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside in 1978. 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 Writers Awards.

Her second collection Eliza and the Bear (Salt, 2009) is also a live performance for voice and harp which has toured in the North West.

Her third collection Blood Child  is forthcoming from Pavilion Poetry, Liverpool University Press, April 2014.

Rees works in the community as a poet, running writing workshops for The Windows Project, as a freelancer and is also studying for an AHRC funded PhD University of Exeter in the theory and practice of the local poet. She often collaborates with other writers, musicians and artists and works to commission.




Publications & Performance History

Blood Child, forthcoming (Pavilion Poets, Liverpool University Press, Summer 2015)

Blue Black, pamphlet (Mossley Hill, 2013)

A Burial of Sight, pamphlet (Wordhoard, Todmordon,2012) isbn 978-1-899114-58

Arne's Progress, pamphlet (Arne Press, Liverpool, 2012)

Eliza and the Bear (Salt, Cambridge 2009) ISBN 978-1-84471-566-4

Andraste's Hair (Salt, Cambridge, 2007) ISBN 978-1-84471-304-2

Feeding Fire (Spout, Huddersfield, 2001) ISBN 1 899114750

Workshop & Reading Experience

12 years experience as working poet.

2013 readings include: Poetry Nites, Hebden Bridge, Manky Poets Manchester, Treasury:: The Poetry Library South Bank Centre, London,  Mr Seels'  Gardens, Bluecoat Arts Centre,

Re-Imagining the Local Poet, Conference paper, Generative Constraints  at the Centre for Creative Collaboration in London. In association with Royal Holloway. Shifting Boundaries, Conference Paper, Shifting Territories: Modern and Contemporary Poetics of Place, Institute of English Studies, University of London

2012readings include:Time to Read: Runcorn Library and Congleton Library, Blackpool Word-Pool Festival ,Zebra Poetry-Film Festival, Kino Babylon, Berlin, Exeter Poetry Festival Treasury, Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

.Recent public events (2014)  include: Writing the Edgelands:  Writing Workshop in Crewe Business Park: Teaching Landscape Writing: Interdisciplinary Approaches & Innovations,  MMU Cheshire. Visiting Poet presentation: MMU Crewe Visiting Poet presentation: Edge Hill University,


Dave Ward, The Windows Project, dw.windowsproject@btinternet.com

Deryn Rees-Jones, Professor of Poetry, University of Liverpool, Editor of Pavilion Poetry.

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Other information

PhD submitted 'Making Connections: The Work of the Local Poet'. University of Exeter 2014.
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