a poetry film by Steve Smart

An algaenous gathering of imagery, original score, discovered sounds and spoken word.

Velella velella by turns employs direction and drift. It considers where we find ourselves, and where we’re going.

Velella velella, by-the-wind sailor. What consciousness is this - that would take us so close to the edge - that could yet have a change of heart?

poem by Rebecca Sharp

Velella velella by Rebecca Sharp was commissioned for Magma Poetry’s Anthropocene issue in 2021. In 2024 it will form part of a new collection that Rebecca is creating as part of her residency with the Centre for Energy and Ethics at the University of St Andrews.

music by Alex South

On the score for Velella velella -

"A cluster of edge-blown clarinet tones driven this way and that by serendipity, translated into oceanic depths, tracing reflected constellations..."


Steve Smart and Rebecca Sharp have previously collaborated on THIS (finalist Brush & Lyre Multimedia Poetry) an online interactive poetry reading commissioned by StAnza International Poetry Festival. Steve also worked with composer Alex South on the poetry film TRAWL, which was commissioned by StAnza and screened at Zebra Poetry Film Festival in 2020.


Steve Smart

Poet and visual artist


Rebecca Sharp

Poet, playwright and interdisciplinary artist


Alex South

Composer, musician and bioacoustician


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