FEATURED ARTIST: POP-UP ESSEX WRITERS HOUSE
Keely Mills is a poet, writer, producer and placemaker. She was Peterborough Poet Laureate in 2009 and has performed at Edinburgh Festival, the Houses of Parliament, Grow Heathrow, Village Green and whilst laureate she opened the John Clare Cottage with Benjamin Zephaniah. She has performed and worked with excellent writers and poets such as Kate Tempest, Scroobius Pip, Ross Sutherland, Rob Auton, Attila the Stockbroker and John Cooper Clarke. She has produced Speakeasy with Mark Grist in conjunction with Norwich Writers Centre and she is currently a team captain for Write Club in Peterborough. She has partnerships with Three Acres and a Cow which is about land rights in the UK and the other is Traveller’s Tales which is hi-lighting stories and issues faced by Gypsies, travellers and Romanies.
Keely comes from a small village and she thrives in residencies where she can create a village in places where they don’t normally exist. During the Green Festival in 2013 she was poet in residence for all bus routes in Peterborough and that work was played in the city market, staff canteens and the major flyover in the city. She is also Poet in Residence for Peterborough Lido, where her work was played under the water and people could swim into the poems. In 2017 and as part of Planet B she and Charley Genever created a piece of work called Pickers, Pluckers and Packers which celebrated and explored the contribution of women and EU migrants to our food production, people experienced the work during a set of tours.
She is currently completing a mixed media residency in Epping Forest which has resulted in a exhibition and workshops.
Whilst in residency in the Essex Writers House Keely will be developing a residency around the idea of body image, transformations and the sensuality of water.