Bristol Festival of Ideas
seeks City Poet 2018 
Deadline 1st December


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 also take part in public performances and community engagement activities during Mayor Marvin Rees’ second 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 (2016 and 2017), the council’s Annual General Meeting and at a city twinning celebration as well as appearing in a video for Bristol Energy.

Applicants should be experienced poets living in Bristol who have published work in print and/or online. In addition to filling in the application form they should submit two poems (these can be new works or ones already published) of up to 65 lines, one of which should have Bristol as its subject matter, and a personal statement of around 300 words setting out what they feel they would bring to the role.

The application deadline is Friday 1 December 2017
The decision will be made in January 2018 with a handover from the present City Poet Miles Chambers to the new city poet in May 2018.

For full information visit the Bristol Festival of Ideas website: