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Poet-in-residence

City Bridge Foundation is looking for our first ever poet-in-residence, who will draw inspiration from and celebrate in verse our world-renowned bridges and life-changing funding; and inspire others through poetry

  • Salary: £10,000
  • Contract: Freelance
  • Application deadline: 21 April 2024, 11:59pm

City Bridge Foundation is looking for a talented, ambitious poet to be our first ever poet-in-residence, helping us celebrate the vital role we play in the life of London, Londoners and the nation.

The role is offered in partnership with The Poetry Society and is a unique opportunity to develop your career, build your profile and inspire others through poetry, taking inspiration from our bridges and our funding work.

The successful candidate will be:

  • a poet who has been published in a recognised poetry magazine or journal (you don’t have to have had your own book published)
  • comfortable with performing poetry in front of an audience, including events and in settings like classrooms or workshops
  • resident in the UK
  • either a London resident or able to travel regularly to London

We welcome applications from poets of all writing and performing styles and from people of all backgrounds regardless of ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexuality or disability. We particularly welcome people with lived experience of the issues we tackle.

The role

If successful, during your year in office you commit to:

  • complete a minimum of eight poems including at least one each inspired by each of our five bridges and at least two inspired by our charity funding
  • attend an initial launch event in May including photoshoot and possibly media interviews; and make every reasonable effort to be available for further media opportunities as and when they arise
  • make regular visits to our bridges during the course of the year, taking inspiration from what you see, hear and experience at different times of day and in different seasons
  • work with us to choose two projects run by charities we fund, which you will visit to draw inspiration for your work
  • towards the end of your year in office, work with us and our cultural and educational partners to co-design a cultural event at which you will perform your work
  • attend a small number of other events, including a cultural event in mid-May and our board dinner on June 11, at which you will perform your work
  • work with us to produce written, photographic and video content for our online channels; and promote City Bridge Foundation and the role of poet-in-residence through your own channels where applicable
  • agree for your work produced as part of our residency to be published on our channels, those of our partners and the media
  • provide feedback to help us analyse the success of the poet-in-residence scheme

Terms

If successful, you will be in post for one year, beginning in May 2024. The role is equivalent to 16 days’ work a year including time for writing and event attendance.

The fee is £10,000. You will also receive travel expenses to attend engagements on or around our bridges or at other locations in London as part of your duties.

Application

To apply for this position, please email tim.fletcher@citybridgefoundation.org.uk by the closing date of 11.59pm on Sunday, April 21 2024 including your name, postal address, email address and phone number; plus your website address and social media handles if applicable.

Please attach to your email:

  • covering letter of no more than one side of A4 introducing yourself, your work and inspiration and explaining why you think you’d be a good fit and how you’d approach the role
  • five examples of your poetry (either written or via links to video of you performing your own work)
  • list of published work including publication in which it appeared and date

Applications will be subject to an initial assessment from which a small number of applicants will be shortlisted and invited for interviews to take place in the week commencing Monday, April 29 2024.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further, please contact Tim Fletcher, media & writing manager, by emailing tim.fletcher@citybridgefoundation.org.uk or calling 07738 862229.