Calling all poets! Freak Speak Young Collective Expression of Interest Form

Freak Speak Young Collective:
Expression of interest form

Freak Speak is a lively, raw, and alternative spoken word night in Peterborough which has been running since 2015 by former poet laureate, Charley Genever. The night has been featured on the list of ‘Best Spoken Word Nights in the UK’ by Picador books, and is always a highly anticipated night out.

Freak Speak has been awarded some money by Arts Council England to develop a young collective of poets and spoken word artists in Peterborough. Over the next 18 months, a group of 14-25yr olds will meet regularly in workshops and masterclasses to develop their poetry with Charley and a heap of brilliant poets from across the country. We’ll look at everything from writing style to performance.

As a member of Freak Speak, you will also get the chance to perform your work at the nights as a support slot. You will also learn what goes in to organising a poetry event and be given the opportunity to programme and promote the nights. Dream of being on the same bill as someone? Who knows, we might be able to get your name in lights (and our incredible flyer artwork by Lee Mason) alongside them…


So, now that you’ve taken that all in… We are currently taking expressions of interest from people aged 14-25 living in/around Peterborough. We expect all of the collective to be writing independently, but not necessarily performing their work. We expect you to be actively interested in the poetry scene that already exists in Peterborough and beyond. Reading, seeing, soaking it all up. If you’re not doing any of that currently, you HAVE to be prepared to.

If you’re reading this, and you’re curious about being part of the collective (trust me, you want to, an opportunity like this never comes along, let alone on your doorstep) please fill in the expression of interest form below.

We’ll be honest, we’re not sure if we will have to ask people to formally apply for the role. It depends on how popular it is. There is a maximum of 20 spaces. We’ll email everyone who has filled in an expression of interest form after the closing deadline of 16/2/18.

Name *
How old are you?
6. Your availability. We are trying to work out the best time to run the sessions. Please let us know when you are available on the average week. Any additional info, like if you are working or in education, will be really useful.
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