Ilkley Literature Festival (ILF)’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.

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.

The Apprentice will have the opportunity to be mentored by the 2019 Poet in Residence, subject to their availability over the festival dates, and will be given complimentary tickets to attend as many festival events as they may wish.


Click here to download the application pack

Deadline for applications: 12pm Tue 30 April.