Thursday 14 March 2013

Could You Be Stamford's Next Poet Laureate?

John Hegley performing at Verse 2012 after Stamford's first ever Poet Laureate, Darren Rawnsley, had been announced

 The role of Stamford Poet Laureate was established in connection with Stamford's first poetry festival Verse in March 2012.

If you, or someone you know, is a secret Wordsworth, Keats, Burns- or perhaps something totally new and extraordinary, the role is a fantastic opportunity for you to showcase your talent and hold the honorary title of Stamford Poet Laureate.

Although the role is unpaid, the title is recognition of your talent and a launch pad for your poetry career, giving you a unique role in the community and further afield.


  • To fulfil the Poet Laureate tenure of one year
  • To promote and raise the profile of poetry within the community - to be 'the face' of poetry in Stamford.
  • You will be expected to work closely yet flexibly with Stamford Arts Centre on poetry activities/events. 
  • To write poems on request themed around Stamford/a specific event/season/etc.
  • To attend local events and make appearances.
  • To be willing to raise the profile of poetry in local and national media. This will mean you will be available for interviews with newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations when necessary.
Closing date for applications is 31st March 2013, you need to submit the application form and a typed copy of one of your own poems. The Poet Laureate final is on 24th April 2013. For further information and to download an application form, please visit

Good Luck! 

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