‘Poetry is either language lit up by life or life lit up by language…’
– Peter Porter, on BBC Radio 3, 1995
Attention, poets! Your national radio station needs you!
Yes, BBC Scotland, in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, is looking for its first poet-in-residence. This is a great opportunity for a relatively new voice to speak to the country. We’re seeking a champion for poetry as well as someone who can provide fresh perspectives on events that capture the nation’s imagination.
The residency is open to poets living and working in Scotland. Over three months, the poet will contribute regularly across BBC Scotland, appearing on The Janice Forsyth Show and BBC Arts Online as well as taking part in workshops with Scottish schools, in association with BBC Scotland’s The Lab. The residency begins in October on National Poetry Day and will see the successful poet write 12 poems and make contributions to radio programmes.
The search for the BBC Radio Scotland’s inaugural poet-in-residence was launched today on The Janice Forsyth Show. The National Poet of Scotland Liz Lochhead joined Janice Forsyth to talk about poetry and her role as one of the judges who will decide who takes up the post. You can listen to the interview here.
Janice Forsyth says ‘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.’
Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library, says ‘Our aim is to bring people and poems together, and what better way to do so than to scatter poems across the airwaves? We’re delighted that the BBC is recognising the centrality of poetry to Scotland’s culture in this way.’
The chosen poet will be at an early point in their career. They may have had one or two collections published or seen their work appear in magazines and on the internet. ‘Early career’ doesn’t refer to age. Ideally, the poet-in-residence will be someone who is judged to be of great potential on the page and on stage, who has a track record of interesting work, demonstrates professionalism, and who is ready to take their work to new and diverse audiences.
Applications should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a deadline of 5pm on Friday 12th of June.
Interested? You can find out more here.