Eleanor Flowerday

Eleanor joined us in October 2021 as our Creative Pathways intern, and was taken on as a permanent member of staff in April 2022

About Eleanor

I'm joining the team at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature as part of the 2021 cohort of Creative Pathways interns. I grew up in Walthamstow, East London, and moved to Nottingham as an undergrad in 2018 where I studied English at the University of Nottingham. One of my keen interests is folk literature and so Nottingham's rich history of folklore and legends was something that immediately attracted me to the city.

I am thrilled to be a member of the City of Literature team, and excited to take part and facilitate some of their exciting projects which seek to make literature more accessible and intersectional. The pandemic's dampening effect on my uni experience has meant I was restricted from exploring and embracing the Nottingham literary scene, and so I am very excited for the opportunities to meet and learn from Nottingham's community of writers that this position offers.

In the future I intend on exploring and challenging my own creative interests through an MA in Creative Writing. My current creative interests lie in eco-poetry, and how the genre of poetry can be made more accessible to readers and writers who have previously been shut off from it. I would like to continue working to see the barriers in the literary arts and creative sector deconstructed in order to allow for fresh ideas and forms of eco-literature so vital in healing the human relationship with the natural world.

Why I read

I was lucky to grow up in a household of readers, but my love for words came out of discovering books that have shaped the way I think and feel about the world. I read Barbara Gates' 'Kindred Nature' at sixteen which set off my engagement with eco-literature, and the poetry of Emily Bronte that developed my love of intense, passionate poetry. At college I was introduced to Angela Carter, and her collection of short stories 'The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories' that deeply inspired my own writing, as well as my taste in literature. Carter's dense and maximalist style, heavy with imagery, is like sitting inside a jewellery box. It revealed to me the sheer pleasure in the texture of words. Her stories explore the Gothic and fantastical, with a strong nod to folklore - genres I love because of their capacity to explore universal, and often controversial themes, under guises of horror or fantasy. More recently I discovered the poet and nature writer Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, who revealed to me the importance of writing the human experience of (and with) nature, as well as the steps the genre must take to become more intersectional and representative of all human experience of the natural world.

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