Project Date: 31st August, 2013 –
Poets’ Day was a professional development day of inspiration and practical advice, developed by CABN Literature Advocate Jules Horne, this event was aimed at those interested in building a career as a poet, and making a living from it. The event also provided information on residencies, and writing successful applications, and covered new opportunities offered through online channels.
The speakers were Andrew Forster (Literature Officer, Wordsworth Trust) and Jennifer Williams (Programme Manager, Scottish Poetry Library). They were joined by Rab Wilson, the first YES Arts Festival Poet in Residence, and Bridget Khursheed of poetandgeek e-zine who also facilitated the event..
Between them, these poets had run international poetry programmes and competitions, set up and taken part in residencies, and read at festivals and schools events around the country – so this was a great chance to find out more about how they got to this point in their career, and about playing an active part in the national and international poetry community.
Feedback from the event:
The day was very informative and I was pleased that the speakers came from different parts of the poetry world. This helped me gain a better understanding of what was possible. I felt very encouraged to try and achieve more with what I write.
Following on from today, I feel focus and positive of my direction and I am setting aims and goals – I look forward to the next CABN event!
A wonderful opportunity to hear from practising poets and those associated with the poetry business. A genuine approach.