Could you be Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate?

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature has begun its search for the city’s first ever Young Poet Laureate. Applications are now open for this honorary post, which will be awarded to a poet aged 18-30 who has lived, studied, or worked in Nottingham for the a minimum of two years.

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Starting in September this fantastic opportunity recognises and rewards talent and potential. It will provide the winner with a career-changing programme of public engagements, professional development, and networking.

Working in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature the Young Poet Laureate will be asked to help make poetry accessible across diverse communities, and to use poetry to help promote the city. This will include writing poems to commission, performing poetry, getting involved in cultural events and working with the city’s many poets and poetry groups.

Over a two year tenure Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate will:

  • undertake five paid residencies to the total value of £5,000
  • present a programme of four public engagement / performances to the total value of £1,000
  • take part in local and national media coverage
  • gain a placement on two Arvon writing residencies
  • receive support, training and development
  • have the opportunity to working nationally and internationally through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
  • be invited to participate in, and steer, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature’s young people’s engagement programme.

The deadline to apply for this incredible opportunity is Friday 30 June 2017. Full details of the role and how to apply are available on the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature website.

Could you be Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate?

Published on 26 May 2017
  • Subject area: English, history and philosophy
  • Category: Culture; School of Arts and Humanities

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