Boat Poets is back and is looking for Poets from London, Plymouth and Bristol

Photo: Paul Blakemore

We are excited to announce that last year's Boat Poets talent development programme is expanding, and has received funding from Arts Council England to bring the project to Plymouth, Bristol along with London for a second year. Hannah Nicholls, who created and developed the project, is now looking for 18-25 year olds to join her on floating residencies this year. 

Boat Poets is a residency opportunity for poets aged 18 - 25 to spend time on board a boat on your local river or harbour. Rivers hold the stories of our cities, industry, travel, geography, nature and much more. But what is your experience of your local river and the people who live and work on and around it?

Access to the boats will provided by captains and skippers working on board, giving you a unique experience of the waterways. You will create new work inspired by these residencies, whilst being given paid time, space and support to explore your craft and work in new ways. During your residency you will have the opportunity to engage in workshops and mentoring sessions to support the development of your work. You will also be supported to develop your new work into a live performance and/or short film.

Who can apply? 

Any practicing poets aged 18 – 25 and resident in either London, Bristol or Plymouth can apply. Your residency will take place in and around your local city.

Applications from poets who consider themselves to be of a Black or Minority Ethnic group are particularly encouraged, and poets living in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

More details on the residency and how to apply can be found on the Boat Poets Facebook page. 

Deadline for applicants is 9am Friday 27th April

Check out what last year's Boat Poets got up to