Poetry Happening Near You

The hunt is on for Warwickshire's third Young Poet Laureate

Could you be the next Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate?

Are you aged between 13-17?

Do you write poetry and would you love to perform to an audience?

Would you like to develop your writing skills and promote poetry to other people?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then apply to become Warwickshire’s Young Poet Laureate. This honorary position is unique. It will give you the chance to work with Warwickshire Libraries and other organisations, taking part in events across the county.

If selected you will be presented with a certificate and book prizes. You will also be assigned a mentor; a professional poet who will support you with your writing.

“The Laureateship is a fantastic opportunity to develop as a poet, particularly as a performer, and will be a great motivator to anyone who wants to take their poetry to the next level.” Harry Jenkins, YPL 2016.

You need to:

  •  be 13-17 years old
  •  live or attend school or college in Warwickshire
  • submit four poems. Out of the four poems, one should be inspired by Warwickshire and one should be on the 2016 National Poetry Day theme of ‘Messages’.

Provide a Personal Statement:
Tell us in 250 words -

  • why you want to be Warwickshire’s first Young Poet Laureate
  • how you would promote poetry to a diverse range of people in the county.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 7th November, and shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 1st December.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to perform in front of a panel of judges and an audience, at an event on Saturday 21st January 2017. Candidates will be judged on their poems, personal statement and performance.

How to apply:

Apply online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries or post the form available at any of our libraries, together with your four poems and personal statement to: Amy Merriott, Unit 20, Warwickshire Libraries, Montague Road, Warwick, CV34 5LT
For further information contact amymerriott@warwickshire.gov.uk