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Sheaf Poetry Festival - Internship opportunities

Posted by: katherine Category: General

Sheaf Poetry Festival Friday 17 th May – Saturday 25 th May 2019   The Poetry Business will be supporting the administration for Sheaf Poetry Festival this year, and we are looking for four volunteers to support us both in the lead up to, and during the festival. These roles are ideal for anyone who is interested in working in arts administration, events management or marketing. Training will be provided for successful candidates. Please note that these roles are unpaid, and mainly for those looking to gain some work experience in the arts. Travel expenses will be covered, and interns will be offered free access to all festival events.   Marketing Internship We’re looking for a marketing intern to support us with the marketing of Sheaf Poetry Festival. You should be a confident social media user, who is able to produce engaging and coherent content for our social media platforms and the Sheaf festival blog both prior to and during the festival. This role will also involve writing blog posts about a selection of the events at the festival to post on the Sheaf website.   Job specification - Assisting with the generation of marketing content surrounding Sheaf Poetry Festival events, including drafting copy, composing publicity quotes, creating visual and audio files for social media and creating social media posts. - Attending festival events, interviewing poets and writing engaging blog posts for the festival website. - Collating survey data from festival attendees to feed into Arts Council England reporting. - Assisting with the distribution of festival brochures and other festival marketing material. Person specification - Able to write coherently and fluently in an engaging manner. - Able to work well independently, and as part of a small team. - Confident using Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. - Excellent copywriting and proofreading skills. - An interest in poetry is essential.   This role will flexible and part-time from the start of May 2019. Please send a CV with a covering letter stating why you are interested in the role to office@poetrybusiness.co.uk by Friday 8 th March.     Venue and Box office Assistants (x3) We’re looking for three Venue and Box Office Assistants to be part of the core festival team to support the day-to-day running of Sheaf Poetry Festival to ensure that the venues are set up and that each reading/workshop runs smoothly and on time. Job specification - Working with the festival ticketing systems and managing admissions on the door at each event. - Supporting the set-up of each venue in advance of the events. ensuring that venues are fully prepared in advance of each event, liaising with technical staff, artists and festival management team. - Support the festival management team to ensure that events run on time, and to a high standard - Distributing and collating feedback forms from audiences to feed into Arts Council England reporting. Person Specification - Excellent customer service skills. - Excellent time management skills - Able to work well under pressure. - Enjoys working as part of a team. - Available at evenings and weekends. - An interest in poetry is essential.   Please only apply if you are available during the dates of the festival: Friday 17 th May – Saturday 25 th May 2019. A briefing will take place the week before the festival. Date tbc. Please send a CV with a covering letter stating why you are interested in the role to office@poetrybusiness.co.uk by Friday 8 th March.  

Meet the Judges: Amy Wack

Posted by: katherine Category: General

Amy Wack shares what she will be looking for in the winning collections and other thoughts on The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition…     I agreed to judge The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition because I enjoy the pamphlet as a form, although Seren publish primarily full collections. It’s also an honour to be co-judging the competition alongside editors from other presses, and to be bracketed with the best! One of my favourite poetry collections of 2018 was Zaffir Kunial’s Us (Faber). And I’ve recently been re-reading W. H. Auden, intrigued how the difficulties of the 1930’s seemed to shock him into a plainer-speaking yet shattering eloquence. There are historical parallels to the present.   What I will be looking for... My advice for entrants submitting their collections this year is that a coherent thematic structure works best. I am always listening out to the music of the lines. I am a fan of form, rhyme and metre, it is evidence of reading and knowledge of the art. I also like a political and historical awareness but can also be moved by the personal. Go on, surprise me! If you aren’t quite sure if you are ready to enter The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition, I would say, be fearless about accumulating rejection slips, fail better next time. Don’t submit if you think I will recognise you personally. And avoid cliché at all costs! Amy Wack Amy Wack was raised in California, attended San Diego State University and has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University in Manhattan. She has worked for Seren press since the early 90s. She was Reviews Editor for Poetry Wales magazine for fifteen years. Under her Editorship Seren has published many prize-winning poetry collections.   The deadline for entries to the 2018/19 International Book & Pamphlet Competition is Friday 1st March 2019. For more information, or to submit your entry, visit the competition page on our website. 

Meet the Judges: Michael Schmidt

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Michael Schmidt shares what he will be looking for in the winning collections and other thoughts on The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition…     The last time I judged this prize I ‘discovered’ Mimi Khalvati. It seemed a good time to judge the prize again when I was invited. There are sometimes wonderful things to be found, though sometimes, of course, the well is quite empty. I’m very glad to be judging alongside Neil Astley and Amy Wack and to be joining such an experienced and clear-headed crowd.   What I will be looking for... I’m not looking for anything in the winning collections in particular. If I find interesting/compelling patterning I will feel rewarded. My advice to those entrants submitting their collections this year is that it is not a gamble, it’s a question of quality. The only time one should submit work is when one is confident that it is genuinely good and can maybe even say why.  Prospective entrants should read a lot, and read the same poems over and over. Ideally poems that are not brand new, even poems from the seventeenth century can be read with pleasure and profit, and recited.   Michael Schmidt Michael Schmidt, OBE FRSL, is the founder and editorial director of Carcanet Press and General Editor of PN Review and is currently teaching at the University of Manchester, having been Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University and then at the University of Glasgow, and writer in residence at St John's College, Cambridge. He is a poet, novelist, literary historian and anthologist.   The deadline for entries to the 2018/19 International Book & Pamphlet Competition is Friday 1st March 2019. For more information, or to submit your entry, visit the  competition page  on our website. 

Job Vacancy - Poet In Residence - Sheaf Poetry Festival

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Poet in Residence Sheaf Poetry Festival   Sheaf Poetry Festival is looking for a Poet in Residence for our 2019 event, which runs in Sheffield from Friday 17 th May to Saturday 25 th May 2019.   The Poet in Residence will be invited to run a workshop and read as part of the festival, but will have freedom over the subject and style of these events. They will also need to be available to attend various festival events and may take on duties such as introducing guest poets.   We would also like the Poet In Residence to propose ideas for further events that they would like to create in the run-up to the festival which would be likely to increase awareness of the festival and bring in a wider audience. We are particularly interested in trying to reach audiences that would not typically come to poetry events.   Person Specification:   Essential - A track record as a published poet - Excellent communication skills - Willingness to contribute to the festival’s online presence i.e website, blogging, social media - Experience in running workshops / teaching - Experience of delivering projects to deadlines and within budget constraints - Innovative ideas for residency project - Willingness to collaborate with other artists / poets   There is a fee of £1000 plus £500 budget to support events / expenses.   The deadline for applications is Thursday 21st February . Please apply with a CV and a covering letter with details of your proposed residency project to office@poetrybusiness.co.uk Interviews will be held on Thursday 28th February.   

Laureate's Prize Winning poem

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Our apologies and renewed congratulations to Angela T Carr, the first prize winner of The Laureate's Prize, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy. In the recent issue of  The North  Magazine, the formatting of the poem unfortunately went awry. We are very sorry for this error. The corrected version is published below. We hope you enjoy it.      Girl With Child on a Swan’s Wing Grave 8: Mesolithic Cemetery at Vedbaek, Denmark   I was a girl when my father brought me to him –            my dowry, the tawny-sheened hide of a buck,                    twenty bright strings of the teeth of a roe –   I came, the tremble of a small wild thing.            I came, a creature caught – a hunger,                   a heart, its string the beat of the forest.   Strangers stripped me, braided shells in my hair,            said my sons would be warriors, a chief’s kin:                    And my daughters, I thought , what of them?   Men killed boars to roast and feast, the night air            thick with smoke, their flesh, a drum and burning stars –                    they writhed around his head as he took me.   In time, my belly grew a boy, a fawn – he kicked            and quickened, my nearly child – I hunted him                    across three starless nights and, blooded, fell.   Women washed my corpse, wreathed me in ivory,            daubed me blue – my wedding fine, a pillow. They wept                    as they bore us out through the grasswood huts,   past the hummocks of the elder dead, to the shade            of the trees, laid out where the black earth bared,                    and the sun, a bone knife, speared the charging sea.   A tithe of red ochre, blown from a bowl            drifted down, clotting where the birth-tide flowed.                    We were put to ground in the lope of the wolf’s moon,   my breathless boy in the cuff of a swan’s wing –            flint blade at his belly – and I, ringed in teeth,                    all the beasts of the forest at my throat.

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