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Call Out for Poets & Spoken Word Artists

Seven Stories is seeking poets and spoken word artists for upcoming Creative Learning and Engagement projects in 2017-18!

This Autumn we want to work with one or more spoken word artists with strong facilitation skills, to deliver our Rhyme Scene poetry project with young people aged 12-14. Rhyme Scene will be an exploration of how poetry can send a message to the world about global and personal issues. There will be opportunities for the group to have masterclasses with established artists, as well as sharing their work with Seven Stories visitors & symposium delegates.

We’re hoping to meet:

  • Rhyme Scene Lead Poet

This person should be based in (or have strong links to) the North East and will facilitate the young people’s engagement throughout the project – helping them to create and curate their own outcomes in our building. Involvement will total approximately 10-12 days between July and November 2017. Ideally the Lead Poet will:

Regularly write and perform their own poetry.

Have experience of leading workshops and inspiring young people with diverse abilities & interests.

Be inclusive in their practice and strive to engage every participant.

Be passionate about poetry and spoken word, and be able to pass that enthusiasm on to others.

  • Poets interested in delivering a masterclass on an aspect of poetry or spoken word.
  • Poets interested in being involved in future projects, events, workshops or residencies at Seven Stories.

Seven Stories learning projects, events, workshops and residencies involve working with young people to:

  • Encourage them to have a range of creative responses to children & young people’s books, including poetry, and be motivated to read and enjoy.
  • Build aspirations by making links between professional authors’ working lives and their own creative work.


Seven Stories is committed to fair pay for artists. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals as artists from these groups are currently underrepresented in our network. We require all artists to hold a current DBS check.

If you would like to introduce yourself to us please contact Beth Coverdale with an expression of interest, a CV and some examples of relevant work by Weds 31st May 2017. We look forward to hearing from you!


Beth Coverdale          

Learning & Participation Coordinator

0845 271 0777 ext. 220                                             

 Made possible with funding from Clore Poetry and Literature Awards