Collecting Young Poets' Stories

Alice Carr
Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

6 October 2022

An opportunity for young poets in Cities of Literature

Are you a young poet aged 13- 25 from Edinburgh, who is beginning to break into the poetry scene in Slam, Spoken Word or page-based work?

Researchers on the project Young Poets' Stories are looking for contributions to a forthcoming book about young poets, their journey and experiences. This opportunity is open to those writing in English and based in Edinburgh or another UNESCO City of Literature.

Young Poets' Stories are working on a manuscript based on their research with young poets for publication by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2024. Becoming a Poet: Young poets’ stories of composition and creative development will include the voices, experiences and draft materials of many exciting young poets from the UK and Internationally. The book will explore issues around the development of young writers’ identities as poets, their influences and mentors, views about poetry, poetry and young people’s mental health, writing routines networks and environments along with guidance on performance and publication opportunities.

If you fit the criteria above and would like to chat more about adding your story to the book, please contact Sue Dymoke. If you are under 18 you will need a parent or guardian's permission to take part. Full details can be found on the Young Poets' Stories website here.