Future Poets Festival



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Are you a poet but you don’t know it?

We’ve hooked up with Writing West Midlands and the lovely mac, to find a group of eight aspiring poets, aged 16-19, to work together over five months to create a one-day Future Poets Festival.

The lucky eight will work with industry experts and professional poets to explore the world of poetry from Classical to the avant-garde. Think poetronica, digital, poetweets, film-poetry, slam poetry, spoken word, written and performance poetry.

So, let us break it down:

The deadline for applications is Monday 2 April.

On the Wednesday 4 April there will be a recruitment workshop at mac, where the winners will be chosen. 

If you win, then you will be invited to a three-day course during the Easter Holidays where you will meet a variety of poets, artists, theatre-makers and performers to get mentoring on how to run your own festival, leadership and the chance to explore how you think future poetry will look.

There will also be a series of skills workshops and catch up sessions, to see how your festival is coming along. 

Then, in the summer, there will be a two-week intensive training session, to pull your festival schedule together.

Finally, on Saturday 4 August a host of spaces at mac Birmingham will be given over to your own, exciting, future-thinking one-day poetry festival.

So, if you’re between 16-19, are based in the West Midlands and are available 9-11 April, 28 April, 19 May, 9 June and 23 July-4 August for skills workshops and training, apply now or forever hold your peace.


The brief closes on Monday 2 April at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16-19, based in the West Midlands. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.

If you have technical issues, email info@ideastap.com.

How to apply


  • Hi Carl,

    The workshop will be from 4pm to 6pm.



    Joe IdeasTap , Writer , 02/04/12 , 7,344 AP

  • What time will the recruitment workshop be on Wednesday?


    Carl Sealeaf , Poet , 01/04/12 , 1,239 AP

  • Hi Daina,

    Once the brief has closed all applicants will be invited to the workshop on 4 April.



    Joe IdeasTap , Writer , 29/03/12 , 7,344 AP

  • i'v applied for this so do i just attend the workshop at mac, or do i need an invite?


    DainaSaleh , Artist , 26/03/12 , 146 AP

  • Hi Cleo,

    I'm really sorry but to be eligible for this brief you have to be aged 16 to 19 on 2nd April.



    Joe IdeasTap , Writer , 14/03/12 , 7,344 AP

  • I turn 20 on the 1st of April, is that okay?


    cleoasabreholt , Poet , 13/03/12 , 29 AP


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