Dr Camilla Nelson

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Specialist Subject Areas

Performance Writing, Language & Environment


2001-2005 Trinity College Dublin. BA (Hons) English & Philosophy.
2005-2007 Royal Holloway, University of London. MA (Distinction) Modernism and Modern Literature.
2009-2012 Falmouth University, Subject Area: Performance Writing. PhD, Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising ‘Nature Writing’ as Enquiry.


Camilla Nelson is a Somerset-based poet, artist and researcher. She has presented her research at national and international conferences since 2010 and continues to perform and exhibit her text-work throughout the UK. She is the creator of Poem Factory (A Performance Installation) and a founding member of the Grass Routes collective. As a poet, her work is regularly published in national and international magazines, journals and anthologies and runs poetry workshops across London and South-West England. She is the founding editor of Singing Apple Press and the poetry editor of ALECC’s journal for literature, environment and culture, The Goose.

Current research

Camilla is currently developing Jonathan Skinner’s theory of entropological ecopoetics alongside her own plant-based writing practices. Her research interests include ecopoetics, performance writing, language and the body, innovative poetics and material language-making.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions, Conferences and Awards

Recent conference papers

‘Entropological Ecopoetics: A Hybrid Model of Creative-Critical Practice’ in Flow and Fracture from North America, Europe & Beyond: Reflections, Refractions and Diffractions within the Ecopoetic Avant-Garde (Poetry Lab) at Université Libre de Bruxelles (4-5th Dec 2014).

‘Methods to Match Our Mountains: Language-Making as Environmental Praxis’ in Green Connections: Environmental Response and the Arts, Exeter University (5th September 2014).

‘Collaging Environment: Rethinking Environment through Environmental Reform’ in The Poetics of Collage at The Centre for Creative Collaboration, London (16th May 2014).

‘Things Fall Apart: Entropological Poetics as Practical Deconstruction’ Conference on Ecopoetics University of Berkeley, California (February 22nd-24th 2013).

Poetry & Poetics

(forthcoming) Apples & Other Languages. Newton-le-Willows: Knives Forks & Spoons.
(forthcoming) Riddle Me This. London: ninerrors press.
(2014) ‘Appling’ in Ttoouli, G. & Reddick, Y. (eds.) Apple Anthology. Coventry: Nine Arches Press.
(2013) ‘through skoulding’ in Hamilton, N. (ed.) Dear World & Everyone In It. London: Bloodaxe Books.
(2012) ‘Writing Nature / Page (Re) Form’ in Huebener, P. & Szabo-Jones, L. (eds.) The Goose, vol 11.


(2015) ‘Rhys Trimble’s Hexerisk’ in The Shearsman Review.
(2015) ‘Beauty and Revolution/A Token of Concrete Affection’ in The Learned Pig.
(2014) “The Polymers by Adam Dickinson,” The Goose: Vol. 13: Iss.1, Article 26.
(2014) ‘Arkhipelagos’ in The Learned Pig
(2014) ‘Royal Academy: Sensing Spaces Architecture Re-Imagined’ in FAD
(2014) ‘Joëlle Tuerlinckx: WOR(L)D(K) IN PROGRESS?’ in The Learned Pig
(2014) ‘Placing Poetry, 2013, Skoulding, Z. & Davidson, I. (eds.), Rodopi’ and ‘Poetry & Geography, 2013, Alexander, N. & Cooper, D. (eds.), Liverpool University Press’ in Blackie, S. (ed.) Earthlines vol.9.
(2013) ‘Nature Reserves, 2013, Tom Jeffreys (curator)’ in FAD
(2013) ‘Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig, 2013, Amy Cutler (curator)’ in The Memory Network.
(2013) ‘Sarah de Leeuw, 2012, Geographies of a Lover, NeWest Press’ in Huebener, P. & Szabo-Jones, L. (eds.) The Goose, vol 12.

Installations, exhibitions and performance

April 2015 ‘Poem Factory’ (a performance installation) at Work, Performance, Poetry curated by Jo Lindsay and Ed Luker (Northumbria University)

Oct/Nov 2014 ‘The Same Apple’ & ‘Pages & Pages’ in Trembling Grass, curated by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett for Extreme Imaginations Festival at the Centre for Culture And the Natural World (CCANW), Exeter.

Sep 2014 ‘Poem Factory’ (a performance installation) for the launch of Gill Partington’s Book Destruction, London.

June 2014 ‘Poem Factory’ (a performance installation) at Perversions of Paper curated by Gill Partington at Birkbeck, University of London.

May 2014 Stanza’ (a performance installation) in Still Points:Moving World curated by Fay Stevens as part of Bath Fringe Festival.

May/June 2014Paper Serenade’ in Still Points:Moving World curated by Fay Stevens as part of Bath Fringe Festival.

June 2013 ‘The Forest Writes Itself’ in Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig curated by Amy Cutler (The Belfry, St. John’s Church, Bethnal Green).

May 2013 ‘Tree/Book’ for LEAF (The Little Ecological Arts Festival) curated by Bruno Roubicek (Albion Millenium Green, London).

Nov 2012 ‘Paper Trail’ for Assemblage curated by Karen Pearson in association with Natural England (Yarner Wood, Dartmoor).

Sep 2012 ‘Reading and Writing with a Tree’, The Performance Centre, Tremough Campus, Falmouth University.


Long-listed for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2015)

Short-listed for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc’s world-first art commission in association with Cape Farewell for ‘Tidal Voices’ in collaboration with Rhys Trimble (2014/2015)