Plymouth Laureate of Words

Seeking the next Plymouth Laureate of Words. – You could be a novelist, playwright, poet, spoken word artist or storyteller. If you’re a wordsmith, we want to hear from you. The city’s Laureate of Words will act as a communicator of local views, reflecting the city’s voices and helping to illuminate its life, culture and stories. The locally based Laureate will be commissioned to write and present bespoke literature through a mixture of publicly accessible programmed event and city commissioned creative writing. They will meet the Plymouth community to inspire and encourage them and will contribute to important civic events and festivals.

If you are selected to undertake this position you will:

– Take literature to a variety of audiences across the city

– Explore and challenge Plymouth’s history, culture and people through writing, and hold an important ceremonial role

– Offer learning opportunities to students, local writers, community projects and creative groups in Plymouth through workshops and talks

– Develop your skills and creative practice

In return we offer an exciting opportunity to engage with the city of Plymouth. Opportunities to meet members of the community, organisations and key players in the city will enrich both your responses to agreed commissions and your own creative development. As well as the opportunity to be involved in the laureateship programme of activity, this two-year tenure is an opportunity to develop your creative practice and boost your profile.

The Plymouth Laureate of Words takes part in a programme of public engagements and commissioned creative writing outputs for a term of two years beginning in January 2021.

The fee attached to this position is a minimum of £4,000 over two years , approximately £2,000 in each year. This fee is inclusive of travel expenses and VAT. Deadline extended to Friday 9th October 2020.