Reading Movement describes a series of solo and collaborative performances and performative texts that investigate reading as sonic, somatic and situated activity.

Further to receiving a grant from the Artists' International Development Fund (Arts Council England & British Council) to fund its development in Belgium (Oct 2016) and England (March 2016), the European Cultural Foundation awarded Reading Movement a STEP Beyond grant to fund Camilla's travel to Palestine. This grant allowed the Palestinian dancer Khaled Bharghouthi and British language artist Camilla Nelson to perform their collaborative work-in-progress at Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival on the 17th April 2016. Click here for Camilla's write up of the experience. The script of the work-in-progress, written by Camilla Nelson, was long-listed for the 2016 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. After sharing the work-in-progress as a collaboration (Zeals Village Hall, March 2016; The Space @ Dartington, March 2016) and as a solo work (Bath Fringe Festival, March 2017), Camilla premiered the final version of Reading Movement as a solo performance at Brussels Literary Festival in September 2017. The next scheduled performance of the work will be for Vital Signs in Salford, September 2018.

In The Beginning: As a collaborative performance Reading Movement was designed and performed by Khaled Barghouthi and Camilla Nelson. The solo performance and text works have been designed and performed by Camilla Nelson. The video below shows the original 5 minute improvisation, produced as part of the Secret Hotel Landscape Dialogues Summer Lab in Mols Bjerge (Denmark), from which the final piece developed. The texts used in this initial performance were: 'Body, Space Image' eds. Miranda Tufnell and Chris Crickmay, 'Invisible Things' by David Harradineand Synne Behrndt and 'At the Intersection Between Artand Research' eds. Carsten Friberg & Rose Parekh-Gaihede, with Bruce Barton, pp. 80-83 (this is the text that is being read aloud, the other two are being used as elbow supports). The film was made by Sohar Villegas. The text that has come to be central to both solo and collaborative iterations of Reading Movement is John Hall's "Reading (il)legible Pages" from "On the Page", a special edition of Performance Research: Vol. 9; No.2, June 2004.


THE SOUTH WEST POETRY TOUR 1st-7th august 2016


Collaborative Performances by Camilla Nelson:

'Writing Paper' with Edmund Hardy (The Museum of Futures, London)

'There are many reasons for planting trees’ with JR Carpenter (Barbara Hepworth Museum, St Ives)

This is the news’ with Annabel Banks (The Poly, Falmouth)

Walking Grimm’s Pound’ with Matti Spence (Schumacher College, Dartington)

Be My Mirror’ with SJ Fowler (BRLSI, Bath)

Reading (Il)legible Pages’ with John Hall (Hauser & Wirth Somerset)

European Camarade with Gabriele Labanauskaite (Free Word Centre, London)

'Translating the Coal Forests' with Steven Hitchins (Gelynion, Cardiff)



 poem factory


Poem Factory is...

a performance installation involving the erosion and eventual destruction of a text through the eating, reading and breathing of this text in machine formation.   A live response to this sensory feedback of erosion and destruction is typed in situ as part of the performance.  This piece forefronts the corporeal labour involved in practices of text production and consumption, playfully exploring the power dynamics of language creation in relation to the controlled working system of a factory.


Poem Factory has been succesfully installed at:

Free Verse (Canterbury University, March 2016)

Work, Performance & Poetry (Northumbria University, April 2015)

The launch of Gill Partington’s Book Destruction in Bloomsbury, London (Sep 2014)

Perversions of Paper for Birkbeck College, University of London (June, 2014).


If you would like Poem Factory (performance installation) or a Poem Factory workshop to be part of your event please get in touch by emailing or click on the envelope at the bottom of the site.