Spoken word artist and poet Vanessa Kisuule is the second Bristol City Poet.

20180525 - FOI Vanessa Kisuule  Poet Marvin by @JonCraig_Photos

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer and performer and has been appointed Bristol City Poet 2018 – 2020. She was the recipient of The Jerwood Micro Arts Bursary in 2017 to undertake extensive dance training and also received the prestigious Leverhulme Arts Scholarship in 2017 from Bristol Old Vic. She has worked with the Southbank Centre, RADA, The Bristol City Council, Knee High Theatre and Warner Music and had her work featured on BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Gal Dem Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Blue Peter, Sky TV and TEDx in Vienna. Her poetry collections ‘Joyriding The Storm’  and ‘A Recipe For Sorcery’ are both published by Burning Eye. Her one woman show SEXY was on tour in 2018 (supported by Arts Council England, Bristol Old Vic and Camden People’s Theatre).

Photo taken at the Bristol City Poet handover event on Friday 25 May 2018 at City Hall. Credit @JonCraig Photos

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You can read more about Vanessa’s commissions, projects she’s involved in and lots more on the Festival of Ideas Bristol City Poet Blog.

Image showing City Poet Caleb Parkin

Caleb Parkin has been announced today as next Bristol City Poet, following in the footsteps of Vanessa Kisuule and Miles Chambers.  Caleb will hold the role from 2020-2022. Caleb is a poet, performer, facilitator and filmmaker with a particular passion for inclusive environmentalism; wellbeing; arts, culture and heritage; and LGBT+ pride. His poems have been published widely in journals including Poetry Review, The Rialto, Butcher’s Dog, Under the Radar, Coast to Coast to CoastEnvoi and Magma, in Bristol 247, and online.

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Would you like the Bristol City Poet to write a poem for you?

You could request an ode to your favourite restaurant, park or club or a cherished community leader. Your organisation or business could mark an anniversary, celebrate the launch of a new project or space.

Send an email to zoe.steadmanmilne@businesswest.co.uk with your request.