Join the next generation of poetry producers and help shape the future of live poetry.

Application submissions for 2018 will open in January 2018. Scroll down the page to see what we’ve been up to in 2016 – 2017.

Poet in the City Producers is a group of talented 16-25 year olds producing events for high-profile venues as part of our programme, and advising us on how we engage new audiences. We will provide you with leadership training, industry skills workshops, networking opportunities and creative experiences to progress your careers.

This is a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop your career in the arts, working with some of the world’s leading poets, creative thinkers and arts organisations.

We’re looking for curious, creative and enthusiastic young people to welcome into the Producers.

Email your written application or send a video application to Sarisha at

What will you do?

  • Produce your own live poetry events
  • Become an ambassador for the live poetry sector, taking an active role in advising on our programming
  • Lead and take part in a series of informative roundtable discussions, exploring poetry’s relationship with wider society
  • Backstage access to world-class arts events and expert speakers and poets
  • Regular workshops on curating, managing and marketing public events
  • One-to-one meetings with Poet in the City’s prestigious partners, offering the chance to discuss future career choices
  • Tour your event to St Hugh’s College, Oxford University and network with notable alumni
  • Welcome and graduation celebrations

What will you gain?

  • Hands-on knowledge of curating, managing and marketing successful events for large audiences
  • New skills for your CV, helping you stand out from the crowd
  • Unrivalled access to Poet in the City’s diverse and influential network of contacts
  • The chance to change the face of live poetry.

Who are we?

Poet in the City is a leading arts organisation challenging the boundaries of live poetry and curating imaginative events which bring poetry to life for new and diverse audiences.

We produce a range of events in partnership with some of the most prestigious names in the arts world, from Kings Place and the Southbank Centre, to the British Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Opera House and RichMix. Through our work, we have fostered a genuine and growing appetite for accessible, challenging and inspiring poetry performances, positioning poetry as an engaging platform for ideas.


The Poet in the City Producers programme is supported by our generous hosts Kings Place.

2017 Producers Spring Season

Still I Rise: Hip Hop, Feminism & PoetryFeminism & Poetry-41 v2

As part of Poetry & Lyrics Festival 2017, Producers Rakaya Fetuga, Rhea Seedher, Chibeza Mumbi, Rachel Lewis, Faris Al Ali and Felix Fallon programmed Still I Rise, an event exploring the changing debate around feminism through the overlapping lenses of poetry and rap. Click the links below to explore additional event content.

Searching For Utopia (podcast)

Curated and produced as part of Poetry & Lyrics Festival 2017 by Axel Kacoutié, Amica Sciortino Nowlan, Ariel Silverman, Louisa Danquah, Milica Cortanovacki and Olivia Amura

A unique arrangement of performances, reflection and debate with Dr Ruth Padel, the Reverend Lucy Winkett, James Massiah and Niles Hailstones from Asheber & The Afrikan Revolution.

Together we explore how the realms of poetic language and music have helped map the search for a perfect world – be it personal, political, or spiritual. We examine the potential for Utopia, and its flaws, taking the listener on a creative journey to imagine the impossible.


Language, Power and Oppression: What can the role of poetry and creative language be to shift power dynamics in the media? 

Producers Jessica Hayes, Victoria Bastable, Lauryn Grant, Najwa Umran, Esmee West-Agboola and Jasmine White programmed a special roundtable event at Unusual Suspects Festival exploring power dynamics within the media and how poetry has the power to create an alternative, more human, narrative to the mainstream media. We were joined by speakers Maurice Mcleod (Media Diversified), Georgia Bowen-Evans (gal-dem) and poet Zena Edwarda to give insight into power and oppression within their respective fields of work.

You can read the full write up of the day here.


2016 Young Producers Events


Interview with the Poet in the City Producers 2016:


The 2016 scheme was delivered with generous support from the friends of Angela Inglis.

History of Poet in the City Producers

Since 2013 Poet in the City has been running mentoring schemes to engage young people with what we do and encourage access into the arts for everyone. Previous years have seen us work in collaboration with Maria Fidelis School, UCL Academy and Mulberry School for Girls.

Now, after three successful years of mentoring, we relaunched our youth engagement programme as Poet in the City Producers now in its second year.


If you are curious about the arts and want to see if this could be the career for you, do get in touch. All applications need to be sent to

Please contact or call 0207 014 2812 for more information.