BBC networks launch search for new spoken word artists

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BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network have launched ‘Words First’ alongside BBC Arts and Contains Strong Language festival, aiming to discover the best emerging spoken word artists from across the UK.

Working together with poetry organisations across the country, the Words First scheme is looking for people who are passionate about spoken word in any form. From rappers and MCs to poets and lyri...

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Call for a bilingual Polish and a bilingual Chinese poet 

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Can you help Anjum find two poets to help with multilingual work in schools? As if being a much-produced BBC radio scriptwriter and multilingual poet herself weren’t enough, to keep her busy Anjum Malik has also been working in schools, encouraging the writing and performing of poetry across the lin...

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Like to join the Write Out Loud team?

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We are offering opportunities for new volunteers to take on important roles with this major poetry organisation with a large user base. It could be an hour or two per month doing the little things tha...

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Seeing the wood and the trees: chance to become writer-in-residence with Forestry Commission

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The deadline is 14 January 2019 to apply for two national writer-in-residence opportunities, which will begin in the spring, as the Forestry Commission marks its centenary next year. The commission is...

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We're looking for a poetry journalist - or two - for Write Out Loud

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Write Out Loud is looking for a dedicated volunteer – or volunteers – with a love of poetry to take over the running of its poetry news and features operation.

Greg Freeman, Write Out Loud’s news e...

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Wanted: 'poet-type' to front new band

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A guitarist-songwriter has asked Write Out Loud to help in his search for a “poet-type, with presence” to front a new “edgy, grooveable, rock n’ roll band” that he is putting together.

Angel Rivers...

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BBC's The Verb on lookout for new northern voices

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Last year Wigan poet Louise Fazackerley - pictured at Write Out Loud in Huddersfield - was one of the winners. This year Verb New Voices 3 is again looking for four artists based in the north of Engla...

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Call for 'heritage' podcasts by spoken word artists

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Performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes is looking for spoken word artists to create podcasts with the theme of “heritage” for a monthly slot with Hive Live Radio, which is based in Bede’s W...

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Calling teenage poets in Yorkshire: search is on for film performers

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Teenage poets in Yorkshire are being invited to take part in performance poetry workshops that will lead to the creation of the True Grit Poetry Cycle, a series of six short digital films. Write to Sp...

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Wanted: new northern voices to feature on BBC's The Verb

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BBC Radio’s The Verb, presented by Ian McMillan, is offering three writers – from the north-east, north-west, and Yorkshire - the opportunity to generate a new work which reflects something unique ...

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Spoken word writer? Your chance to report on poetry for Write Out Loud

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Fancy yourself as an online journalist? Could you be part of the grassroots poetry revolution?

There’s a poetic revolution going on, with events, groups, projects and websites springing up acro...

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Performers wanted for International Women's Day event

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A charity event to mark International Women’s Day is looking for poets, comedians and acoustic musicians to perform. The event on Friday 8 March, at Eden Bar, Canal Street, Manchester, will be in a...

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Wanted: poetry and fiction editors for online magazine

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Blankpages, Blank Media Collective’s monthly online magazine for emerging artists, is looking for a poetry editor and fiction editor to join a team of Manchester-based volunteers.

The job speci...

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