founders.

Ellie Reeves.

Hi, I’m Ellie. I grew up in bustling North London and moved to Norwich for an undergrad at UEA. English Literature and Creative Writing gave me so many opportunities to explore the amazing arts scene Norwich has to offer. Through performing poetry, I’ve worked with brilliant artists, charities and venues and I’m very proud to call this quirky little city my home. I’ve been a member of Young Norfolk Arts Trust for several years, worked for Norfolk & Norwich Festival and I’m currently the Programme Assistant for the National Centre for Writing. Fun fact about me: I love Highland Cows. There is simply no creature on this Earth that can rival the sassiness of a highland cow’s fringe.

Ultimate Desert island disc track? Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf.

Who would play you in the play of your life? Brigette Lundy-Paine, If I should be so lucky.

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? Every year when I was in secondary school, my friends and I would try to get tickets for the Natural History Museum’s Halloween spooktacular events that ran throughout the night. We failed every time, so I’d love to live out that dream.

What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? The Miseducation of Cameron Post – but I WILL! It’s excellent and I recommend it. It’s taking a while because I watch Modern Family to cheer myself up every time I read a particularly sad part (which is most of it).

Have you ever read a poem that feels like it HAD to be written about you? What was it and why? I was always inspired by Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, that is until I read Onions by Lorna Crozier. The wonderful onion in question is unapologetic, resilient and above all else, entirely content with itself. It boasts at the sanctity of it’s every eye-watering layer, knowing that it can only be whole by holding itself tight and facing the world. So, when the world bites it, the onion always has the last laugh. I love that.

Abbie Reeve.

Hi! I’m Abbie – Norfolk born & bred, raised in the middle of nowhere until I was 16. Really the middle of nowhere – I argued with my Geography teacher in high school about whether it qualified as a village or merely a hamlet. I studied Theatre at Brunel University, specialising in Physical Theatre. I’ve worked as a fancy dress shop assistant, a Tesco checkout worker, a director, an arts venue Duty Manager, an Assistant Stage Manager, a fringe-theatre Assistant General Manager, a Box Office Assistant, a workshop facilitator, an Events Steward, and currently I work as a Production & Programme Assistant at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. I am also the recipient of a 2020/21 industry placement with Without Walls.

Ultimate Desert island disc track? Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure.

If you could have written one play, what would it be and why? Crave by Sarah Kane, because it was the first play to make me snotty sob in public.

If you had to be locked inside one gallery overnight, which would it be and why? Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam – their ‘It’s a Genderful World’ exhibit was stunning, and they present their pieces in a really innovative way.

What was the last book that made you cry? Or laugh out loud? (or both!) Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams absolutely did both – a must-read.

What’s a poem you can recite on demand? Oh, I have two! The Moment by Margaret Atwood, or On The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan!

Georgia Rees-Lang.

Hello! I’m Georgia – I’m 23, originally born in Brighton before moving to Norwich for uni, where I studied English Literature. I feel lucky to have grown up in such a vibrant and diverse city, where artistic people and culture was everywhere, and to now live in Norwich, another place with such a rich history and love of the arts! I definitely feel most drawn to art which has a strong political or social comment – in my final year of uni I became really interested in environmental activist creative writing. I actually even ended up submitting a poetry collection inspired by climate change’s effect on bird migration patterns for one of my final pieces of coursework. I’ve worked with some amazing arts organisations and festivals, from Cinema City Picturehouse, to Oxjam, to FLY Festival Of Literature For Young People, to my current job as communications assistant for Festival Bridge (part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival), so I’ve really been lucky to witness first hand the power that art can have within communities.

Ultimate desert island disc track?The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie… as a kid I used to want to walk down the isle to that song (I think in my head I was marrying Kermit)

If you could have written one play what would it be and why? God this is hard – maybe the musical Come From Away, just because it was so unexpected!

What was the last book you didn’t manage to finish? I know this will upset a lot of people, and I should probably be ashamed of saying this as an English Literature student, but it was The Road by Cormac McCarthy! I just didn’t feel like it was written for me (maybe I’m just too much of a stickler for correction punctuation).

What’s a poem you can recite on demand? Bit of an odd one, but ‘Daddy’ by Sylvia Plath – my friend and I actually used to perform it as a kind of morbid party trick… don’t ask me why!

If you could live inside one painting or sculpture, what would it be? Maybe a Lowry painting: there’s something about the busyness of them that always looks so inviting, even though they’re actually a bit bleak! Or I’d like to 0be the ancient model hippo that’s at the Sainsbury Centre at UEA. I’m slightly obsessed.