BBC Scotland seeks its first Poet in Residence


12 May 2015
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BBC Scotland has this week launched a collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library to search for its first Poet in Residence. ...
BBC Scotland seeks its first Poet in Residence Images
BBC Scotland has this week launched a collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library to search for its first Poet in Residence.

The funded residency is open to poets living and working in Scotland and the focus will be on 'finding relatively new talent in the field to provide a fresh perspective on cultural and topical issues in contemporary Scotland as well as celebrating poetry as an art form'.

The successful poet will contribute regularly across BBC Scotland, including outlets such as The Janice Forsyth Show and BBC Arts Online and will participate in workshops with Scottish schools, in conjunction with BBC Scotland’s The Lab.

CREATING BOLD MATERIAL

Janice Forsyth, the broadcaster who helped launch the opportunity, said: 'This is an amazing opportunity for a poet to spend time in BBC Scotland, witness the production experience first-hand, and be inspired to create bold and innovative material for our audiences across Scotland.'

Donalda MacKinnon, Head of Programmes and Services at BBC Scotland, added: 'Reflecting contemporary art – and indeed supporting and nurturing it -  is one of the key remits of BBC Scotland. This exciting initiative, a first for BBC Scotland, marries poetry with broadcasting and education in an original and contemporary way.'

HOW TO APPLY

Applications close on 12 June 2015 at 5pm. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel including Liz Lochhead, with the successful candidate taking up the three-month residency in time for National Poetry Day in October. For more information, visit the Radio Scotland website.

Graphic: 'Calligramme pyrogravé' by Alertomalibu - Own work.

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