Poets in Residence

Work with local schools in partnership with the new Manchester Met Poetry Library.

Key Information
  • Take your passion for poetry – to widen access for young people
  • Make a difference – working directly in a school
  • Commitment – 26 and 27 May (10am – 3pm) and then the equivalent of two weeks of full time engagement to be negotiated with your school

Detailed Information

Manchester Metropolitan University is a world leading centre for poetry, with a staff of exciting professional poets including Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE (UK Poet Laureate 2009-2019). In 2020, we are consolidating this reputation with the launch of the North West’s first public poetry library. It will have a mission to widen access to poetry and to support the creation and performance of new writing at every level from primary school to professional publication.

This Third Term activity gives student poets and writers an opportunity to support that mission. As one of our inaugural ‘Poets in Residence’ you will take your passion for poetry into Primary schools to enthuse young people. The kinds of activities and groups you will work with will be negotiated with the school you are based in. There will, of course, be advice and support available to you from the university.

This activity will require a degree of self-direction. Whilst you don’t have to have lots of experience in schools to apply, you should feel confident working creatively under your own direction, and in operating professionally in a school context (we’ll make sure we send you somewhere really friendly, of course!). If you are less confident, you may wish to apply for one of our other opportunities working with young people – which you can browse below:

Additional Information

All students accepted to complete this activity will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS check, fully funded by the University. 

A stipend of £50 will be paid to all students who complete this activity, to support with transport costs and expenses. In addition, you will be able to bid in for additional funding to buy resources and materials if needed.

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