Poet in Residence

The Newcastle Poetry Festival at Newcastle University, working in partnership Newcastle City Council’s Arts and Economic Development Teams would like to recruit a Poet in Residence for Grainger Market, to engage market traders, local shoppers, and visitors during a 5-day residency that will culminate in the creation of new written work based on the theme: ‘In/Out of Place’. This theme explores the connection between poetry and history, feelings of displacement and belonging, and the power of local places to inspire creativity and new writing.

The purpose of this residency will be to explore creative ideas with participants and the communities they are part of, to help celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Newcastle’s many diverse communities and to leave a legacy, that will enable local people to continue to develop creative skills and practices following on from their engagement on the project.

The poet will be based at Grainger Market over five days in April, and we hope that they will be able to engage with the vendors, market shoppers and surroundings. The poet is expected to respond creatively to their experience and produce new work that will be showcased at the Newcastle Poetry Festival in May. This year’s Festival runs from Thursday 9th-Saturday 11th May 2024 at Northern Stage. The theme is In/Out of Place’ and has a special a focus on local places in the region. Over three days, the Festival will host a series of readings, panels, school events, cross-genre events and commissions.

The deadline for applications is Monday March 18th. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 16th April.

For further information regarding this opportunity contact:

· Theresa Muñoz, Director of Newcastle Poetry Festival Theresa.Munoz@ncl.ac.uk

· Alison Flanagan Wood, Arts Development Officer at Newcastle City Council alison.flanaganwood@newcastle.gov.uk

· Vix Leaney, Economic Development Officer, Creative Central NCL Project Manager vikki.leaney@newcastle.gov.uk

Please forward all completed applications to Theresa.Munoz@ncl.ac.uk