[Closed] Newcastle University X Grainger Market Poet in Residency




Mon 11 March 2024

Open To

Poets, spoken word artists, lyricists, writers


Newcastle Poetry Festival would like to recruit a Poet in Residence for Grainger Market, to engage market traders, local shoppers, and visitors during a 5-day residency that will culminate in the creation of new written work based on the theme: ‘In/Out of Place’.

This theme explores the connection between poetry and history, feelings of displacement and belonging, and the power of local places to inspire creativity and new writing.

Key information

  • For this commission Newcastle Poetry Festival are working in partnership with Newcastle City Council’s Arts and Economic Development Teams
  • This is open to poets with any level of experience who are permanently living in the North of England
  • The all-inclusive budget for the Grainger Market Poet in Residency is £2,100
  • The deadline for applications is Monday 11 March 2024


The purpose of this residency will be to explore creative ideas with participants and the communities they are part of, to help celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Newcastle’s many diverse communities and to leave a legacy, that will enable local people to continue to develop creative skills and practices following on from their engagement on the project.

What you need to apply

Applications are invited from poets permanently resident in the North of England and should include:

  • A covering letter explaining:
    • why you are interested in this residency
    • what you hope to achieve during the residency, and
    • how you would approach the challenge
  • Evidence of previous relevant experience which demonstrates your suitability for the post.
  • An up-to-date Writer CV (list publications, mentorships, programmes, past performances) with contact details for two referees.
  • Details of your availability between April – May 2024 and how you might intend to structure your allocated days.
  • Two examples of work previously made in partnership with collaborators.
  • Two examples of work created as part of your individual practice.
  • Proof of current DBS.
  • Copy of Public Liability Insurance Certificate.


The deadline for applications is Monday 11 March with interviews/appointment taking place on Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Please read the attached guidelines in full before starting your application, if you would like to speak to someone please get in touch using the details below.

Theresa Muñoz, Director of Newcastle Poetry Festival, Theresa.Munoz@ncl.ac.uk

Alison Flanagan Wood, Arts Development Officer at Newcastle City Council, Alison.FlanaganWood@newcastle.gov.uk

Vix Leaney, Economic Development Officer, Creative Central NCL Project Manager, Vikki.Leaney@newcastle.gov.uk


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