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Boat Poets supports emerging poets and spoken word artists through paid residencies on boats, barges and ferries on their local waterway. The artists are supported through a programme of dedicated professional development to create new work based on their experiences. The project then offers strategic performance, filming and publishing opportunities to help grow new audiences for the poets’ work.

Created by Hannah Nicholls in association with the Thames Festival Trust and supported using public funding by the Arts Council England and Apples and Snakes, Boat Poets has supported 10 young poets from London, Bristol and Plymouth.

The project also offers a comprehensive range of education workshops for local schools and community groups. These are tailored to the needs of the group and focus on exploring site specificity in poetry. If you would like Boat Poets to lead a workshop for your school of community group please get in touch at boatpoets@gmail.com and we would love to make it happen.


“The professional support offered by the workshops facilitators introduced a lot of crucial career skills, through exercises ranging from creating new work to how to negotiate fees.” Danny ‘Craft D’ Pandolfi (Boat Poet 2018, Bristol)

“I learned new writing inspiration prompts and how to work to camera!” Emmie Readman (Boat Poet 2018, Plymouth)

“This has been my first paid writing residency and I think definitely the first project I’ve been involved in with such high quality collaborators and promotion.” Sophie Dumont (Boat Poet 2018, Bristol)

“Boat Poets was not only a residency, but also felt like we’d won an acclaimed prize as it then opened up many doors. I have also never travelled so much with a project, which has been fantastic.” Sophie Dumont (Boat Poet 2018, Bristol)

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