What’s been going on?
2019 has been an interesting year so far for Boat Poets. Our initial investigations and attempts to secure funding for a third year of paid residencies were unsuccessful.
But our little team refused to be put off. There has been huge amounts of support for the project since it started in 2017, and whilst we may not have any dosh, we have excellent partnerships that have led to an array of events, workshops and a very special residency for this year.
All artists working with Boat Poets are always paid and we value their creative input to this talent development project very highly. Massive thanks to our partners for helping us to maintain our ethos.
So what’s happening in 2019?
We have been working with the Thames Festival Trust and the Cutty Sark to engage schools and families in boat themed poetry workshops for all ages for Totally Thames – a month long programme of events throughout September to celebrate the river. Workshops on board the ship were delivered by Boat Poets Jeremiah Brown aka ‘Sugar J’ Poet and Ruth Sutoyé.
National Poetry Day has always marked important events for Boat Poets and this year is no exception. Apples and Snakes have invited Emmie Readman, Sophie Dumont and Dauda Ladejobi to the B Bar in Plymouth on 3 October for FORKED. The theme is Truth, and there will be brand new work from the gang alongside some of the work created during their residencies.
In partnership with Afrika Eye and SS Great Britain we will be recruiting one new Bristol based Boat Poet this year. They will complete a week long residency that will culminate in an exciting dedicated event in partnership with Raise The Bar. Keep an eye on our social media pages for details on the poet in residence and event headliners coming soon.
Not running a programme of residencies this year has given us a chance to step back, take stock and do some valuable research and development. Plans are being hatched for 2020 when we will be focusing on education and outreach opportunities and hopefully extending the Boat Poets family to new areas of the UK.
As part of this development process we would love to hear your thoughts on how you would like to see the project grow and change. Maybe you would like us to come to your city, or have an idea for a workshop… all thoughts are welcome! Please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear from you.