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Ella Frears

Poet in Residence at Royal Holloway, University of London


reads from 'Farewell to Saturn'

Monday 15 January 2018, 7pm

Senate House, room 102


A Poetics Research Centre Event

All Welcome


After nearly twenty years in space and countless discoveries made, on the 15th September 2017 the Cassini Spacecraft was sent the command to plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, destroying it completely.

Funded by the Arts Council England and in partnership with writing agency Spread the Word, Ella Frears was Poet in Residence at Royal Holloway University responding to the final months of the mission; working towards elegy and asking what the death of a machine one billion kilometres away might mean to us. 

On the night Cassini tumbled out of orbit, Ella curated a ‘funeral’ event at Bold Tendencies in Peckham which, alongside her poetry, included collaborations and commissions from writers, composers, filmmakers and designers.

Ella will read from the works produced during the Cassini project, as well as works from other residencies she has undertaken, discussing the difficulties and joys of working in response, the unexpected discoveries and odd interruptions that occur when working in a space or subject you are not familiar with.

There will be a short Q&A after the talk for anyone interested in the process of a residency — how to apply, where to begin and what kind of funding to go for.  


Ella Frears is a poet, visual artist and curator based in south-east London. She has had poetry published in Poetry London, The Rialto, POEM and the Moth among others. Ella is a trustee and editor for Magma Poetry,was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London 2014 and was a Jerwood/Arvon Mentee 2016. She has completed various residencies for Tate Modern, the National Trust and most recently she was Poet in Residence at Royal Holloway University. In April 2017 she curated an 8 day show at Newlyn Art Gallery as part of their Palace of Culture season. Ella was shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize 2017. Her collaborative Installation with artist Ben Sanderson, The Six Pillars of Modernism, is currently on show at Tate St.Ives until January 2017 and her debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is forthcoming with Goldsmiths Press.   



Poetics Research Centre: Translation and Poetic Licence

The first of this term's Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminars

24 January 2018, 6pm

Senate House.

The speaker is poet and translator, Peter Hughes.

His topic: 'Translation and Poetic Licence: S.Rodefer, T. Atkins, P. Hughes' 

As always, all welcome!


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