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21 May - 11 June 2021


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This online exhibition runs alongside the AWW-STRUCK virtual day seminar co-hosted by Isabel Galleymore and Caroline Harris of the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway respectively that will take place on the 21st May 2021. 


You can buy a copy of the printed publication that features all the works from this exhibition alongside critical texts and page-based poetic responses themed around cuteness here.

For sales regarding any of the pieces of this exhibition, please email Astra at


Why is Hello Kitty missing a mouth? What makes us turn to videos of cuddly bunnies to ‘wash out our eyes’ after a stressful experience? Why does it sound disparaging to label something ‘cute’ and how might cuteness be reclaimed and reimagined? In this online exhibition, 22 poets explore these questions and others to recognise the role of cuteness in our contemporary moment, with an emphasis on object and material form.

​This online exhibition features some new and regular Poem Atlas contributors including Sascha Akhtar, derek beaulieu, CD Boyland, SJ Fowler, Caroline Harris, JD Howse, Chris Kerr, Yvonne Litschel, Chris McCabe, montenegrofisher, Simona Nastac, Daniele Pantano, Michał Kamil Piotrowski, Astra Papachristodoulou, Ben Rogers, Karenjit Sandhu, Kate Siklosi, Greg Thomas, Margaret Viboolsittiseri, and Nadira Clare Wallace.

With thanks to Royal Holloway’s Humanities and Arts Research Institute (HARI) and the Animal Studies reading group in the English, Drama and Creative Studies School at the University of Birmingham for their support in producing the accompanying publication. Particular thanks go also to Professor Redell Olsen and the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway, and to Dr Megan Cavell at the University of Birmingham. 

Curated by Astra Papachristodoulou. 

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