|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.