Each year, Ilkley Literature Festival appoints an Apprentice Poet in Residence for a talented emerging poet at the start of their career who is 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.