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Comino Poet in Residence 2022

We are offering 9 Poet in Residence bursaries of £450 for aspiring poet-educators looking to get experience working in primary or secondary schools. Starting in Jan 2022, successful applicants will work with a teacher and one of the city's cultural organisations to develop and deliver a school-based poetry project over 4-6 weeks across Manchester.
APPLICATION QUESTION Please tell us why poetry is important to you, including some detail about your own writing and what you think you could bring as a Poet in Residence on this project and how being part of this project would fit with your own career aspirations. COMINO POET IN RESIDENCE 2022 We are offering 9 Poet in Residence bursaries of £450 for aspiring poet-educators looking to get experience of working in primary or secondary schools. Starting in Jan 2022, successful applicants will work with a teacher and one of the city’s cultural organisations to develop and deliver a school-based poetry project over 4-6 weeks in one of 9 schools across Greater Manchester. Bringing poets into classrooms to model their own enthusiasm and talent for reading and writing poetry is a powerful way to empower pupils to explore their own talents. Children are often natural poets and engaging with poetry in classrooms offers an opportunity for them to express their ideas and opinions, exploring their creativity and building confidence as they are inspired to write, perform and create. APPLICANTS Classroom experience is not necessary. You must have a genuine enthusiasm for writing poetry (in any form and for any audience) and a desire to work with children and/or young people. Closing date for applications: midnight on Monday 29th November. Zoom interviews: Tuesday 7th December. Successful applicants notified by w/c 13th December. For additional information or to attend optional zoom info sessions on 17th Nov 4pm or Tues 23rd Nov 4pm, contact melaniekatemiller@gmail.com DELIVERY Each project will be different, as agreed by negotiation at a launch event, when Poets in Residence, Teachers and Cultural Partners will meet to plan individual school projects. It is anticipated that each project will entail three delivery sessions in school, plus a visit to the cultural partner. An additional two to three days on planning, and an additional two to three days on compiling the pupils’ poems / creating outputs with the school and in writing a report (template and guidance provided). School projects will be delivered by end of March 2022, with reports on April 8th. There are some key dates that MUST be attended by all successful candidates. MONDAY 17TH JANUARY 4-5pm. A zoom training session for all successful applicants. WEDNESDAY 26TH JANUARY 12-6PM. PROJECT LAUNCH DAY. In person (Covid permitting) Please let us know when applying if either of these dates are problematic.

In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate... with educational professionals from schools and cultural organisations to create and lead a project as a Poet in Residence.
  • Share... your enthusiasm for poetry with children and young people to inspire the writers of tomorrow.
  • Develop your skills... with support from teachers and create practitioners who have a wealth of experience in school.
  • Gain invaluable paid experience... working as the Lead Artist in an education setting on a project that is fantastic experience for anyone interested in community and outreach work.
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.

Schedule

  • close 16:00 to 17:00 on 17/01/22 - Takes place online
    Zoom training session for all successful applicants
    A brief all Poets in Residence before meeting the teachers and cultural partners at the Launch session.
  • call_split 18/01/22 to 31/07/22
    Project Work
    During this period you will negotiate and manage your involvement directly with the activity coordinator.