Wanted: a new Young Poet Laureate for London

The search has begun for a young poet laureate to become the new voice of London.

The search to find London’s first Young Poet Laureate is part of a long-term arts and culture programme, commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Once chosen, he or she will be the voice of young Londoners, writing poems which reflect on the ever changing capital. Young people aged 18-25 from across London are invited to apply to become one of six young poets who will take part in events and workshops over the summer. The Young Poet Laureate will be announced in October 2013.

Spoke is a new visionary poetry and spoken word programme that will offer people in east London an opportunity to watch, perform and develop careers in spoken word and performance poetry in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Dennis Hone, chief executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “This programme is part of ambitious plans for arts and culture in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district, and the Park will play a key part in that transformation.

Applications for the Young Poet Laureate for London close on June 24 2013, for details on how to apply and eligibility criteria go to www.spreadtheword.org.uk