Bloomsbury book

We are delighted to announce that a manuscript proposal for a book centred on Young Poets’ Stories research has been accepted by Bloomsbury Publishing for publication in 2024! Becoming a Poet: Young poets’ stories of composition and creative development will include the voices, experiences and draft materials of many exciting young poets from the UK and Internationally. The book will explore issues around the development of young writers’ identities as poets, their influences and mentors, views about poetry, poetry and young people’s mental health, writing routines networks and environments along with guidance on performance and publication opportunities.

Writing is already underway by many young writers. However, we still have a few short chapter slots free. So, if you are a young poet aged 13- 25, who is beginning to break through into the poetry scene with some success in Slam, Spoken Word or page-based work then we would like to talk to you about making a potential contribution to our book. You will need to be writing in English and come from Nottingham, Manchester, Melbourne, Iowa, Lviv, Obidos, Exeter or any another UNESCO City of Literature around the world. If so, please contact If you are under 18 please discuss this with your parents first and ask them to email me.

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash Thanks Patrick.

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