Spoken word artist and poet Vanessa Kisuule has been chosen to follow in the footsteps of Miles Chambers to become 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 is currently on tour (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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We will be posting Vanessa’s commissions, projects she’s involved in and lots more on the Festival of Ideas Bristol City Poet Blog.

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Get Involved/

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

Do you write poetry and want your poem published on the Bristol Festival of Ideas blog?

If you currently live in Bristol, we want your poem proposals on the theme of Bristol. You can interpret that in any way you like. Perhaps you have a funny, sad or unusual story of something that happened to you in a Bristol location. You could request an ode to your favourite restaurant, park or club or a cherished community leader. We want to hear what you love about Bristol or what you’d like to see change.

We also want to read your own poems, again on the theme of Bristol.

Both projects are open to anyone and everyone!

Every two months we will pick the best submitted poem and one proposal which Vanessa will transform into a poem of her own.

We can’t wait to read your proposals and read your poems!

Get in touch/send us your request or poem/