Writer in Residence

We are looking for four experienced and socially engaged professional writers who can offer exciting and inclusive residencies, each at a different location across the city. Applications are welcomed from one or more areas of creative writing, from writers, storytellers, scriptwriters, poets, spoken word or other artists working with words and from writers at different stages of their careers. These commissions are being generously supported by National Lottery Players and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

During this period of social-distancing and lockdown, we like many other events organisers, have adjusted our planned programme. We aim to respond to this challenge creatively, potentially exploring ways that residencies and engagement can be held in virtual and digital ways. We look forward to seeing responses to this in applications.

Residency locations

The writers are required to:

  • Hold a week-long residency at their allocated location, with a minimum of 2.5 days on site (physically or digitally).
  • Produce outputs as agreed with their locations.
  • Work closely with Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and the site team to shape and deliver the programme.
  • Lead sessions with groups, working with them to produce new creative work.
  • Participate in discussions about progress and evaluation.
  • Contribute one piece of writing to project blog.

Applications must be received by 6pm Sunday 7 June 2020. See briefing paper for detail of application procedure.

A Poetic City

2020 marks 250 years since the death of Bristol-born poet Thomas Chatterton. Despite his accolade as the “Father of Romantic Poetry”, and the centuries of fascination that he’s held for some poets, artists and musicians, he’s largely unknown in his home city. A Poetic City is a multi-partner, citywide programme bringing to light Bristol’s links to this iconic literary figure. We are building on existing knowledge of his life and times and exploring his enduring legacy and influence upon subsequent generations of artists. We will celebrate Bristol’s vibrant and diverse contemporary poetry scene and will inspire and commission poets of the future. Chatterton’s story raises themes that include artistic credulity and credibility; fake news and fake art; young artists; arts and mental health; on-going barriers to accessing culture in the city; the nature of celebrity; the resurrection of the Gothic; and the nurturing of creativity.

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Writer in Residence
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