Peterborough Poet Laureate 2017 Finale

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The finale of Peterborough Poet Laureate 2018. Please use this link to book your seat at the final of Peterborough’s prestigious Poet Laureate title, at the Key Theatre, thanks to generous support from Vivacity. We expect the event to reach full capacity so please book via this link to secure your seat.


About the competition
The competition, held annually since 1998, is to find a local poet to hold the honorary title for one year. Throughout the year the Poet Laureate will work with The John Clare Trust and Vivacity Culture Trust, The Library Service and the Community to identify opportunities to make creative writing and particularly poetry part of the life of the city, chronicling special events and celebrating the City of Peterborough. Although the role is unpaid there will be reasonable expenses available, and the title ‘Peterborough Poet Laureate’ is recognition of your talent and gives a unique role in the community.
This year the final is being generously supported by Vivacity and the Key Theatre, and the final will be held at The Key Theatre on National Poetry Day 2017.

This year’s theme is – ‘Roots’. As with any theme chosen for the Laureate competition, this theme can be interpreted very broadly. It could be taken literally; gardening, un-dyed hair, landscape, the natural world. Or you could interpret the theme more figuratively; tunnels, cores, energy, ancestry, where do you come from? What does the theme conjure for you?

Who we’re looking for
Peterborough’s poetry scene is thriving. We are looking for someone who is currently involved, or will be willing to get involved, in continuing to cultivate a brilliant poetry community. Previous laureates have set up new nights, secured funding for the arts, worked in schools, performed at non-poetry events, and supported the growth of new poets. We want someone who will wear the role on their sleeve, not lock it away in a trophy case.

How to enter
Write your poem and send it to the address below, along with the entry form by the closing date of 31st August 2017 with a biography/CV (no more than a side of A4) and a short plan (no more than a side of A4) of what you would do with your year as Poet Laureate.

Shortlisting will take place in the week beginning 1st September and all finalists will be contacted by 9th September 2017.

You must be available to attend the special Laureate evening on Wednesday 28th September 2017, 6.30pm at The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, PE1 1EF where short-listed entrants will be asked to read / perform their poems. A panel of judges headed up by the former poet laureate and they will then decide on a winner. Prizes will be awarded to the successful Laureate and two runners-up.

 All work must be original
 Maximum 40 lines
 Competition open to anyone over 18 years of age who lives, works (including voluntary work) or goes to school/college in the City of Peterborough, with the exception of the last three Laureates (to give all local poets an equal opportunity)
 The decision of the judges is final

Please send us your name, address, email, explanation of what you would do as laureate, along with your poem, by 31st August 2017 to Peterborough Poets United by either emailing us at:

Or posting it to or dropping it to: Keely Mills at Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peter’s Road, Peterborough, PE1 1YX


Past Event

Peterborough Poet Laureate 2017 Finale

Thu 28 September 2017


Ends: Thu 28 September

Key Theatre



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