Creative Writing lecturer’s new poetry collection uses River Mersey as inspirationFriday 18 March 2016
Dr Eleanor Rees’s new poetry collection, Riverine, draws inspiration from Merseyside’s waterways and the communities who live, work and are shaped by them.
The fluid style of Riverine is inspired by Dr Rees’s native Liverpool and taps into the flow that runs through our everyday acts of being. It explores the liminal spaces of suburbia to the wild, sacred landscapes of the west, and draws on imagined and temporal spaces - and those in between.
A number of the poems in Riverine were composed as part of commissioned community projects in Mossley Hill and Runcorn.
Dr Rees invited students, colleagues and local writers to the launch this week. She read from the collection and talked about her PhD research into the practice of the local poet.
Dr Rees’s previous publications include Andraste's Hair (2007) Eliza and the Bear, (2011) and Blood Child (2015). She lectures on the Media and Communication department’s Creative Writing major.
Dr Rees's High Tide lyrics have previously been performed by Emily Portman (short-listed for BBC Radio 2 folk singer of 2016 award) at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The lyrics have been set to Irish Sea folk music, and High Tide appears on Emily Portman’s CD album Coracle.