This is your chance to apply and become part of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. The collective is formed of a group of young writers and performers who meet weekly to create, experiment and develop their craft, under guidance from established and celebrated poets. The 18/19 collective had the opportunity to perform a 10 minute set at The Last Word festival, perform at Hay Festival and Brainchild Festival, take part in UniSlam 2019 and go on a week-long writing residential at Hawkwood. This is a year-long programme.

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“It has faith in you, as a young person, to go on a big project and to deliver. It’s given me confidence” – Georgina Jeronymides-Norie, Poetry Collective Alumni

“Meeting some amazing artists and getting to work with them at the Roundhouse and outside, I think that’s been the highlight for me. I’ve had the opportunity to perform in places I never thought I’d get to perform” – Anita Barton-Williams, Poetry Collective Alumni

What will I get from taking part?
• Have developed skills in a large range of poetry writing and performance styles and learnt exercises and techniques to improve your craft.
• Have worked alongside celebrated spoken word artists and learned about the processes they use when creating new work.
• Have developed more confidence in yourself as a writer and performer.
• Receive detailed feedback and guidance, and learn to critique both yourself and others.
• Develop a close network of like-minded potential collaborators
• Find out about the business side of being a professional artist, how to market yourself and where to find further development opportunities.
• Be invited to perform at a number of high-profile festivals and events – past collectives have performed at Bestival and Lovebox.
• Showcase your work at the Roundhouse, including at the prestigious Last Word Festival.

Who will be teaching the project?
Bridget Minamore and Cecilia Knapp – with sector leading guest tutors throughout each term.

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?
You just need an interest in writing and be willing to commit to a year of development. It is important that we have a mix of experience in every collective, so it doesn’t matter whether you’ve just won a slam or if you just write by yourself but are intrigued by performance poetry – we want to hear from you!

Please note: the project will take place weekly on Tuesday evenings, and you will be expected to attend a minimum of 80% of sessions. There will also be a number of festivals and events, particularly during summer 2019 – if you are successful we will let you know the dates of these as soon as possible.

Is there anything I need to bring or wear?
A notebook and pen

How to Enrol or apply:
Applications for this year closed on Friday 6th September. Please note that we are unable to accept late applications.

How do I pay for this project?
You can pay by visiting us in person or by calling us on 0300 6789 222 (option 4). We are open Tue – Fri 9.30am – 9pm and Sat – Mon 9.30am – 5pm. For further details see How to Enrol.
Please try to do so before the first session of the project.

I’m not sure I can afford to take part…
If you need help to pay for things like project fees, transport or childcare, we can help. Find out how you can get support..

If you are using a bursary to pay for the project, please ensure you arrange this with the Advice Base with plenty of time before the start of the project.

I have additional needs. Can I still take part?
We have places available on all our projects for individuals with additional needs.Get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements and do our best in supporting you.

Where is the project taking place?
Roundhouse studios

How to Enrol