Throughout its history as an organisation, Poet in the City has sought to provide platforms to new talented poets, working in collaboration with publishers such as Bloodaxe, Carcanet and Faber, emerging artist organisations such as Apples and Snakes and Spread the Word and Universities running poetry courses such as Royal Holloway. In October 2014 Poet in the City hosted a free event at the Hotel Café Royal with three young emerging poets to explore ‘the future of poetry’ asking what it means to be a poet and where poetry will take us next. Platforms is a new programme designed to continue this conversation and create on-going opportunities to profile emerging poetic talent on high profile stages.
Throughout 2015, Poet in the City will be working with the poets/editors Rachael Allen and Declan Ryan to co-curate events featuring work by other emerging poets. A complimentary series of blogs and podcasts will also be created as part of this programme. In the future, Poet in the City hopes to extend this programme to work with other new poets/editors.
By working directly with poets who are also editors of new work by other emerging poets, we hope to create a programme which truly connects audiences to interesting new voices.
The first event as part of this programme is co-curated with Declan Ryan and is one of our Pop-up Poetry events as part of a new free pre-concert series at Kings Place. Will Burns and Malene Engelund will perform poetry and music on the theme of Americana and folk prior to the major Diana Jones and Martin Simpson concert taking place at Kings Place. See here for details of this event.
Watch this space for more events, blogs and podcasts…
Rachael Allen is the online and poetry editor for Granta. She is co-editor of poetry anthology series Clinic and online journal Tender. A pamphlet of her poems is published with Faber as part of the Faber New Poets series.
Declan Ryan was born in Mayo, Ireland and lives in north London. He co-edits the Days of Roses anthology series and is poetry editor at Ambit. A pamphlet of his poems appeared as part of the Faber New Poets series
Catherine Hamilton is a writer currently based in London, where she was born in 1991. She recently graduated from UCL with a BA in English Literature. She is a member of STORE associates and the founder and director of Swimmers.