Could you be Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate?

June 6, 2017
Young Poet Laureate

Can you influence the world like the great William Shakespeare, or do you possess the poetic flow that has propelled the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole to hip hop greatness? If you aspire to become the best poet from Nottingham, then you have the chance to become the city’s first ever Young Poet Laureate!

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature are looking for applicants to apply for this honorary post, which will be awarded to a poet aged 18-30 who has lived, studied, or worked in Nottingham for a minimum of two years.

Starting in September, lasting for two years, this fantastic opportunity looks to reward local talent and potential. Working with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, you’ll be asked to help make poetry accessible across a wide range of communities, helping to promote Nottingham in the process. This will include writing poems to commission, performing poetry, getting involved in cultural events and even 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, delivering youth-focused workshops
  • present a programme of four public engagements/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 from event experts, and mentors specialising in poetry and creative business development
  • have the opportunity to work 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.
Nottingham UNESCO

Want to apply?

The deadline to apply for this amazing opportunity is Friday 30 June. If you’d like full details of the role and how to apply, they’re available on the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature website.