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Will you be the first Nottingham Young Poet Laureate?

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature is delighted to announce that it is searching for a young poet to represent Nottingham on the international stage. The competition is open to all poets aged between 18-30 who live, work or study in Nottingham. Entrants will be encouraged to send in a personal written statement, or a short film about themselves, covering their work as a poet, why they would like to have the role, what trends they’d like to explore as part of the role, and how they’d best use the role. They will also be required to send in two poems with one themed on Nottingham.

Application deadline 30 June, 5pm

A panel of judges will then evaluate the applications. These judges are:

  • PANYA BANJOKO: Nottingham based writer, poet and Patron of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature
  • CALEB FEMI: Poet and English teacher, Caleb was named the first Young People’s Laureate for London, and is focussed on re-engaging disenfranchised young people through poetry.
  • SANDEEP MAHAL: Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, with a strong background in libraries and is passionate about transforming people’s lives through literature. 
  • HENRY NORMAL: Nottingham born comedian, screen producer, poet and founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. Henry is a Patron of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.
  • DEBRIS STEVENSON: Founder of the former Mouthy Poets collective, Debris has taken her poetry from the streets of Camden to Shanghai, via the US and BBC Radio. She is currently developing her debut show, Poet in da Corner whilst teaching the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.

A shortlist will be announced in July, with the successful poet announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28th September 2017.

The new Laureate will then embark on a two-year paid tenure, involving:

  • five youth-focused residency workshops at Lakeside Arts, City Arts and Hyson Green Library amongst other city venues;
  • a series of public engagements; 
  • opportunities to represent Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature nationally and internationally through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. 

The Young Poet Laureate will enhance their craft via a programme of mentoring and through producing poetry both on the page and on the stage throughout.

Posted on Tuesday 2nd May 2017

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