Ilkley Literature Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence role is an opportunity for a talented emerging poet at the start of their career, based in the North of England.

Previous Apprentice Poets in Residence include Andrew McMillan – who went on to win the Guardian First Book Award; Eric Gregory Award winner Phoebe Power; Zodwa Nyoni – who went on to be Channel 4 writer in residence at West Yorkshire Playhouse; and Mark Pajak, who went on to win a Northern Writer’s Award, an Eric Gregory Award and the Bridport Prize. In 2019 Genevieve Carver and Shash Trevett were appointed as joint Apprentice Poets in Residence.

This is a unique opportunity for a poet at the start of their career and based in Yorkshire, North East or North West England to:

  • Create a commission (page or performance poetry) inspired by the festival’s programme themes.
  • Contribute an innovative poetry-based live literature event to the festival programme.
  • run a poetry/creative writing workshop for aspiring writers.
  • raise the profile of their work through the association with a prestigious literature Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

We will open applications for our next Apprentice Poet in Residence in Spring 2020.