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 firstname.lastname@example.org.