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Laureate's Choice
Poets 2016

The Laureate’s Choice is a new project from The Poetry Business, working in collaboration with the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Four new poets have been selected by the laureate as ‘ones to watch’, and pamphlet collections of their work are to be published under the Poetry Business’s award-winning smith|doorstop imprint.

The 2016 Laureate's Choice poets are:

Zeina Hashem Beck
‘Whether drawing on myth or fairytale, or writing directly from women's experience, these are powerful poems by a new writer with a remarkable gift for storytelling.’ – Carol Ann Duffy

Geraldine Clarkson
‘Geraldine Clarkson's poems are musical, often playful incantations that delight in the power of words. Formally inventive and vivid with natural imagery.’ – Carol Ann Duffy

Mark Pajak
Mark Pajak's skilful poems keep themselves open, especially to childhood and adolescent experience.  Even so, they are far from frail – their insight and imaginative verve make them robust as well as eloquent.’ –Carol Ann Duffy

Tom Sastry
Born in 1974, Tom is a second generation Original. His mother is Originally English and his father Originally Indian. He grew up in Buckinghamshire and has lived in Bristol since 1999. He thinks that not belonging is more interesting than belonging. He has spent most of his life in bedrooms, classrooms and offices. He enjoys having to deny that he is an anarchist. Complicity is his first pamphlet.

'Tom Sastry navigates the mysterious everyday in this honest and often funny collection, making friendships and love affairs new and strange.'

– Carol Ann Duffy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth has a rich history of literary connections and following Michael Sullivan’s successful term as the city’s first Poet Laureate we are now seeking the next talented poet to take up this prestigious role.

Plymouth City Laureate is a two-year role offered by Plymouth City Council with the support of Plymouth Culture and Literature Works.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth, and want to work to reflect the culture of the city and create new community conversations, this is the ideal role to support and develop your writing career.

The Plymouth City Laureate is an honorary post. The locally based Laureate will be commissioned to write and present bespoke poetry, enthuse and inform residents through workshops, and contribute to important civic events and festivals.

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, said: “I’m delighted that the role of Plymouth’s City Laureate has become a part of our city’s culture. We have had a fantastic start to our Laureateship with Michael Sullivan, and I’m looking forward to our new Laureate’s contribution to our community conversations. This scheme is about getting the city excited about its culture and giving it a voice.”

Tracey Guiry, Chief Executive of Literature Works, said: “It’s fantastic that Plymouth City Council continues to support the Laureateship. Poetry is an incredibly powerful medium, which asks its readers to question the deeper meanings of what is said or written. The role of the Laureate can represent voices which sometimes don’t get heard and that is always a very healthy thing for any culture to do.”

It is expected that the Poet Laureate will:

• take poetry to a variety of audiences across the city
• celebrate Plymouth’s history, culture and people through poetry, and hold an important ceremonial role
• make links with community and creative groups in Plymouth
• develop their own skills and creative practice as well as those of other local writers.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth and are excited about poetry’s potential to inspire others this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your writing career.

The role will include as a minimum:

• 5 commissioned poems during the year
• Performance at specific events during the year by invitation of Plymouth City Council
• City Event to celebrate National Poetry Day in October in partnership with Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and PCC

Detailed Outcomes and targets will be agreed in consultation with the successful poet and the project Steering Group. Expenses for travel and events will be paid and it is possible that funded activity can be developed during the term.

- See more at: http://literatureworks.org.uk/opportunities/plymouth-poet-laureate/#sthash.TK79mELI.dpuf

Plymouth has a rich history of literary connections and following Michael Sullivan’s successful term as the city’s first Poet Laureate we are now seeking the next talented poet to take up this prestigious role.

Plymouth City Laureate is a two-year role offered by Plymouth City Council with the support of Plymouth Culture and Literature Works.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth, and want to work to reflect the culture of the city and create new community conversations, this is the ideal role to support and develop your writing career.

The Plymouth City Laureate is an honorary post. The locally based Laureate will be commissioned to write and present bespoke poetry, enthuse and inform residents through workshops, and contribute to important civic events and festivals.

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, said: “I’m delighted that the role of Plymouth’s City Laureate has become a part of our city’s culture. We have had a fantastic start to our Laureateship with Michael Sullivan, and I’m looking forward to our new Laureate’s contribution to our community conversations. This scheme is about getting the city excited about its culture and giving it a voice.”

Tracey Guiry, Chief Executive of Literature Works, said: “It’s fantastic that Plymouth City Council continues to support the Laureateship. Poetry is an incredibly powerful medium, which asks its readers to question the deeper meanings of what is said or written. The role of the Laureate can represent voices which sometimes don’t get heard and that is always a very healthy thing for any culture to do.”

It is expected that the Poet Laureate will:

• take poetry to a variety of audiences across the city
• celebrate Plymouth’s history, culture and people through poetry, and hold an important ceremonial role
• make links with community and creative groups in Plymouth
• develop their own skills and creative practice as well as those of other local writers.

If you are passionate about poetry and Plymouth and are excited about poetry’s potential to inspire others this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your writing career.

The role will include as a minimum:

• 5 commissioned poems during the year
• Performance at specific events during the year by invitation of Plymouth City Council
• City Event to celebrate National Poetry Day in October in partnership with Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and PCC

Detailed Outcomes and targets will be agreed in consultation with the successful poet and the project Steering Group. Expenses for travel and events will be paid and it is possible that funded activity can be developed during the term.

- See more at: http://literatureworks.org.uk/opportunities/plymouth-poet-laureate/#sthash.TK79mELI.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf
This five-session course is open to anyone who wishes to participate in playing and experimenting with poetic forms, styles, and genres. Taking a range of starting points, we will open up ideas of what poetry is, with a view to stimulating your writing and sharing in discussion. We will read poems by several writers whose writing has brought fresh impetus to poetry. Each participant will engage with a palette that may enrich or clarify their own poetry. - See more at: http://www.poetryschool.com/courses-workshops/face-to-face/poetry-studio--spring-2016.php#sthash.I684crwF.dpuf