Eleanor has a particular interest in place-based story-telling and has curated the spoken word program of the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival, coordinated the Brisbane Fringe Festival poetry/performance program and is a member of the Queensland Poetry Festival program committee. She was the producer of the Melbourne Poetry Map, a series of audio poetry walks supported by the City of Melbourne. Currently she is the Poetry Editor for Peril Magazine, which considers and promotes Asian Australian creative culture, where she recently curated another place-based series of works by contemporary Asian Australian writers for the Peril Poetry Map.
She is currently a co-host of At the Local for 4zzz fm, which looks at local stories of community resilience and creativity.
Eleanor has been involved in a range of festivals, arts and community events as a performer, curator, organiser and host including the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane Pride, Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Fringe Festival.
The Brisbane Emerging Art Festival was established in 2010 to promote and present Brisbane’s leading emerging artists and the city’s contemporary arts culture. The vision of the festival is to highlight and connect local artists, while being a catalyst for new and experimental art practice. The Brisbane Emerging Art Festival makes a significant contribution to the development of contemporary emerging art in Brisbane and engages with communities nationally and internationally. With the support of the local creative community, Brisbane Emerging Art Festival has become an annual event which engages and celebrates Brisbane’s emerging arts sector. This is a community platform, proudly produced by Vegas Spray and in 2013 brought together over 150 artists. As the spoken word program curator since 2012, as well as supporting artists to develop proposals to the festival, Eleanor selects artists and works, curates spaces and events and assists with the festival’s social media promotion and event management.
The Queensland Poetry Festival is the state’s premier poetry event, attracting some of the most exciting Australian and international poets to Brisbane each year. In 2013, as well as contributing as a member of the Queensland Poetry Festival Program Committee, Eleanor MC’d several profile events, support social media and community engagement and participated in the festival’s regional tour of far north Queensland. She continues this work in 2014, co-curating and leading on events, particularly in relation to Asian Australian writing.
The Brisbane Fringe Festival is a multi-arts, open access, artist-run festival that presents an eclectic and inventive program of music, visual art, dance, poetry, comedy, circus, cabaret, spoken word, markets, workshops and more. In 2013, Eleanor assisted the BFF team as a spoken word “head”, responsible for supporting the community promotion of the festival, supporting applicants to the program and contributing to social/media promotion of the festival.
Together with Betsy Turcot and the Belles of Hell, Eleanor has also been involved in several events supporting female and queer artists to find new audiences, find performance opportunities and to share stories, including as a part of the popular Words or Whatever, the 2013 Brisbane Pride Festival and International Lesbian Day.