Introducing our 2022 Apprentice Poets in Residence

The standard of applications for the 2022 Apprentice Poet in Residence was so high that we took the decision to appoint not one, but two! This year, the position will be jointly held by two incredibly talented emerging poets, Rebecca Green and Sarah-Clare Conlon.

Green and Conlon will follow in the footsteps of previous Apprentices, including Eric Gregory Award winner Phoebe Power; Zodwa Nyoni – who went on to be the Channel 4 Writer in Residence at West Yorkshire Playhouse; Mark Pajak, who went on to win a Northern Writer’s Award, an Eric Gregory Award and the Bridport Prize; and 2021 Apprentice Rheima Robinson, Creative Director of The Sunday Practise.

As part of their roles, they will each create a commission, run writing workshops, judge the 18-25 category of the Walter Swan Poetry Prize, and participate in a mentoring session with the winner.

Meet Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green is an internationally published poet and illustrator based in West Yorkshire. Her work has been published in three anthologies, including Quernica Press’s Summer Anthology and Ben Key Publishing’s Ey Up celebrating the North. She has also featured in Amphibian Lit, Imposter Lit, Isabella and Us, and was selected by guest editor Laura Lee Dockrill for The Mum Poem Press zine, And How Is Mum?

She was named one of ILF’s New Northern Poets in 2021 and was shortlisted for Griot’s Well, a one-year poetry development programme for Black and ethnically diverse poets in 2022.

Her poetry explores the self, motherhood and heritage, and she is currently working on writing and illustrating her first pamphlet. In her ILF commission, Green explores her own identity as a tapestry of all the people she has ever met and, through a mysterious branch of her heritage, those she’s never met at all.

Read Rebecca’s commissions below:
Combined Effort

Read about Rebecca’s experience of being ILF Apprentice Poet in Residence here

Image credit: Sabine Dundure

Meet Sarah-Clare Conlon

Sarah-Clare Conlon is a copywriter and editor based in Manchester, where she studied French and, later, Creative Writing. Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and a Salt Prizes winner, she is Best British & Irish Flash Fiction listed, and her prose and poetry are published widely, including in anthologies from Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Dunlin Press and Speculative Books, and journals including Lighthouse, PN Review and Stand.

In 2022, her debut poetry pamphlet cache-cache is being released by Contraband Books, with a second poetry pamphlet, Using Language, published by Invisible Hand Press, and a prose chapbook, Marine Drive, with Broken Sleep Books.

This year, she has also exhibited a concrete poem in the HOME Manchester Open, and she has been Resident Writer on board the Research Vessel Furor Scribendi. She is Victoria Baths’ inaugural Writer in Residence, a contributor to the Lancashire Stories project, and a member of a Centre For Place Writing critical reading group.

In her ILF commission, Conlon invites the audience to join her on a journey as she creates a poetry map around Ilkley. Follow in her footsteps and read in situ or enjoy from the comfort of your own armchair.

Read Sarah-Clare’s commission below:
Ilkley Moor Poetry Map

Read about Sarah-Clare’s experience of being ILF Apprentice Poet in Residence here