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Poet-in-residence

City Bridge Foundation has launched a campaign to find our first ever poet-in-residence, helping us to celebrate in verse our 900-year-old charity’s role of bridging London and connecting communities

Abstract illustration with the wording: City Bridge Foundation’s poet-in-residence. In partnership with The Poetry Society. The image also features City Bridge Foundation’s logo.

The new poet-in-residence role

The poet-in-residence scheme sees City Bridge Foundation teaming up with The Poetry Society – the leading voice for UK poetry at home and abroad. 

Together, we are looking for a talented, ambitious poet who will inspire others and draw on inspiration from our history as London’s biggest independent charity funder and as a world-class bridge owner. 

The successful applicant for this unique role will regularly visit Tower Bridge, London, Southwark, Millennium and Blackfriars bridges and meet with charities working to tackle inequality and make London a fairer place. 

Could you be our poet-in-residence?

We’re 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.

This paid for, year long role, offers a unique opportunity to develop your career, build your profile and inspire others through poetry, taking inspiration from our bridges and our funding work.

Find out more and apply

A word from our chairman:

For hundreds of years, our bridges have been central to the story of London during its happiest and its darkest moments, yet tributes to them in verse are surprisingly scarce.

Our new poet will celebrate the bridges’ long history, their relationship with the city and the river and the vital role they play in the day-to-day life of modern Londoners.

The job is, as far as we know, the only one of its kind anywhere and is a way of celebrating our bridges and our funding work, while supporting and promoting poetry as a modern, vibrant, culturally relevant art form.”

Giles Shilson, City Bridge Foundation Chairman

Poet sought to celebrate London’s bridges in verse

Press release: The hunt is on for a budding bard with a bent for bridges – to immortalise in verse some of London’s most famous Thames crossings.

Poet sought to celebrate London’s bridges in verse