Boat Poets returns in 2018 to support emerging poets and spoken word artists through residencies on boats, barges and ferries on their local rivers.
Created in association with the Thames Festival Trust and supported using public funding by the Arts Council England and Apples and Snakes, Boat Poets will support six young poets age 18 – 25 from London, Bristol and Plymouth to create new exciting work inspired by a residency on their local river.
The resident artists were recruited via a call out and selected via a panel of poetry professionals. Poets include London based Ruth Sutoyé a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and member of the London based collective, SXWKS and Dauda Ladejobi from Studio 3 Arts and the Spoken, Not Stirred team. Bristol based Danny ‘Craft D’ Pandolfi current Resident Artist at the Roundhouse and Sophie Dumont currently studying on the Creative Writing MA at Bath Spa University. And Plymouth based Emmie Readman who performs across Devon and former slam winner Chris White.
All artists will receive bespoke artist development, support and mentoring from The National Poetry Library, poet Kat Francois and the team at Tongue Fu to create new work based on their experiences. The new commissions will be presented live, online and in print.
Last year’s Boat Poets Erin Bolens, Jeremiah ‘Sugar J’ Brown, Rachel Nwokoro and Toby Campion will return to the project in 2018 to share their experiences and lead poetry workshops in local schools.
Check out the events page for where you can catch performances later this year!
Boat Poets is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. It is also supported by Apples and Snakes and produced by Hannah Nicholls in association with the Thames Festival Trust.