From D.H. Lawrence to D.I.Y poets and everything and everyone in between, Nottingham has earned a bit of a rep for producing some fine poetry talent!
So it came as no surprise when Nottingham City Of literature announced that it would be crowning one lucky young person in Notts the title of Young Poet Laureate of the year.
With only a couple weeks remaining until the big unveiling, today City of Literature have announced their final four shortlisted poets:
Cleo is a Nottingham-based Spoken Word Poet and creative writing Workshop Facilitator who has performed throughout the Midlands, London, and internationally. Cleo has also performed widely in Nottingham including headline and feature slots for Hockley Hustle
Ty Healy is a rapper/poet from Nottingham, England. Between being one of the frontmen for legendary Nottingham collective ‘1st Blood’ & one half of DJ and Rapper duo ‘Green Ratt’
Chris is a writer and workshop facilitator based in Nottingham. Chris’ writing focusses primarily on mental health and enabling others to discuss grief through writing.
Georgina is the Founding Editor of Mud Press – Nottingham’s own independent poetry publishing house. She’s been commissioned by organisations such as the BBC to write and perform for both radio and TV.
The shortlist of was selected by a panel of five judges: Nottingham City of Literature patron, Panya Banjoko; London’s Young People’s Laureate, Caleb Femi; founder of Nottingham’s Poetry Festival, Henry Normal; founder of Nottingham’s Mouthy Poets, Debris Stevenson; and Director of Nottingham City of Literature, Sandeep Mahal.
The winner will receive
- 5 paid residencies, delivering youth-foucsed workshops to an audience of 20 young people.
- A programme of 4 public engagements/performances
- local and national media coverage
- Placement on two Arvon writing residencies
In addition to this the winner will receive support, training and development and the opportunity to receive additional paid opportunities to work nationally and internationally through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
Fancy seeing the shortlisted poets in action?
Each of the finalists will be performing at ‘Poetry Is Dead Good’ on 19th September 2017, at the Angel, Stoney Street between 7-10pm.
With the winner being announced on National Poetry Day 28th September.
You can find out more about the shortlisted poets on the City of Literature website: http://nottinghamcityofliterature.com