New City Poet sought

November 24 2017

Poets, spoken word fans and performers in Bristol are invited to apply to become the new City Poet.

Poets, spoken word fans and performers in Bristol are invited to apply to become the new City Poet. 

The winner will be required to compose 10 poems for specific events or projects and will take part in public performances and community engagement activities during Mayor Marvin Rees’ second half of his term in office (May 2018 – May 2020). 

Some of the events that the current City Poet, Miles Chambers, has performed at include the Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address, the council’s annual meeting and a twinning celebration. 

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “Miles’ gift with words has enriched several important events in the city and I’m thankful to him for sharing his distinctive voice with us.”

 Andrew Kelly, director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas, said: “We're delighted to be supporting the Bristol City Poet for another two years. Poetry has always been strong in Bristol - we're the birthplace of the romantic poetry movement after all - and remains a critical part of the cultural life of the city.” 

Applicants should be experienced poets living in Bristol who have published work in print and/or online. The application deadline is Friday 1 December.  To apply visit http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/about/news/