We’re looking for talented poets and writers to join our brand new Young Poets community.
Birmingham Hippodrome is working with national spoken word organisation Apples and Snakes to create a new artistic development opportunity for poets and writers aged 16-30 living in or near Birmingham, with additional support from Birmingham Literature Festival and Verve Poetry Press.
Hippodrome Young Poets is a writing programme to support young poets in developing their writing, style and performance techniques. The programme is led by internationally renowned poet and writer Jacob Sam-La Rose with support from local poet and facilitator Jasmine Gardosi with the aim of nurturing Birmingham’s writing community and connecting young poets to national opportunities and perspectives.
The programme will culminate in a showcase in our Patrick Studio to celebrate National Poetry Day as part of Birmingham Literature Festival in Oct 2019 and the publication of an anthology of writings by Verve Poetry Press.
This opportunity is free to all participants.
What will I gain from this opportunity?
If selected to join Hippodrome Young Poets, you will be signed up for the following:
- Fortnightly workshops on Wednesday evenings from 10 Apr (for six months) with Jacob Sam-La Rose co-facilitated by Jasmine Gardosi, with guest sessions, to develop your writing, performance and aspects of your practice as a creative professional
- The chance to work within a supportive community of young poets
- Free tickets to selected performances at Birmingham Hippodrome
- Access to Birmingham Hippodrome’s First Night membership scheme
- Work published in an anthology by Verve Press
- Performance and development opportunities at Birmingham Hippodrome and across the city (including residencies at various Birmingham organisations)
- Support and mentoring from Apples and Snakes
Who can apply?
Please see the list of criteria below detailing what we’re looking for – does this sound like you?
- Aged 16-30
- Live in or near Birmingham (i.e. live in these counties: West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire or Staffordshire or within a 30 miles distance of Birmingham Hippodrome)
- Passionate about writing and developing your voice
- Engaged with writing and performing poetry to the point where a developmental opportunity like this will be beneficial. You don’t have to be an award winning poet/performer already, but a desire to develop yourself further, a willingness to experiment and push yourself beyond things you’ve already done, and an investment in supporting your peers is essential
- Open to working with others and receiving feedback
- Willing to make efforts to engage with a range of poetic stances, some of which may include writing that focuses on personal experience
- Committed to the full programme of six months
How do I apply?
To apply to join the scheme, please fill out this short SurveyMonkey form.
The deadline to apply is midnight on Thu 21 Feb 2019.
As well as a few personal details we will ask you in the application form to tell us a little about yourself and your writing (100 words), why you would like to join the scheme (200 words) and what being in a poetry community would mean to you (300 words). We would also like you to submit some samples of your writing (3 poems max), a creative/writing CV and a short biography (500 words).
If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to attend a recruitment evening on Wed 13 Mar 2019.
Meet the facilitators
We’re delighted to be working with two talented and well-established poets on this programme.
Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry collection Breaking Silence (Bloodaxe) was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry prize and an Aldeburgh Fenton award, and is a set text for an English Language/Literature A Level. As an artistic director and educator, he is responsible for the Barbican Young Poets programme, Spoken Word Educators (Goldsmiths University), and is widely recognised as a facilitator and supporter of emerging writers.
Jasmine Gardosi is a former Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Mix It Up Midlands and International Pangaea Poetry Slam Champion. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, at Glastonbury Festival and was shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2016/18.
As a former BBC Arts Young Creative she has produced short-form film content including How To Be A Poet With Dyslexia. She has since worked as a Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is currently collaborating with Autin Dance Theatre on a sexual health show combining dance and spoken word.
Photos taken at Hit the Ode by Sabiheh Awanzai.