Poetry School seeks poets for collaborative project to commemorate the Battle of the Somme

31 October 2016 | Liz Robertson

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Poetry School is looking to recruit 8-10 poets to participate in an exciting new collaborative response to The Battle of the Somme film.

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The team will work with poet and tutor Simon Barraclough, and their new work will be performed alongside a public screening of The Battle of the Somme at Lambeth’s fascinating Cinema Museum in early February 2017.

This project aims to provide professional development training for poets who want to learn how to write collaboratively for performance, an opportunity for poets who want experience responding to historical events – whether those events are directly or indirectly connected to their own lives – and stimulus to create new poems.

The project will be in three parts: a private screening of the film for participants and a briefing at the beginning of December, a two-month writing period during which time participants will gather online (on CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s bespoke social network) to discuss progress, and a one-day rehearsal in February followed by a public screening of the film and a performance of the new poems.

For more information or to apply, visit The Poetry School website. Deadline for submissions is Friday 18th November.