A brilliant project supporting young poets and spoken word artists has announced its new artists in residence for 2018. Boat Poets helps six young poets age 18 – 25 from Plymouth, Bristol and London to create new exciting work inspired by a residency on their local river. The scheme provides paid residencies on boats, barges and ferries. The resident artists were recruited via an open call out and then selected via a panel of poetry professionals.

For 2018 the list of poets include:

London based Ruth Sutoyé, a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and member of the collective, SXWKS.

Dauda Ladejobi from Studio 3 Arts and the Spoken, Not Stirred team.

Bristol based Danny ‘Craft D’ Pandolfi current Resident Artist at the Roundhouse.

Sophie Dumont currently studying on the Creative Writing MA at Bath Spa University.

Plymouth based Emmie Readman who performs across Devon.

Former slam winner Chris White.

All artists will receive bespoke artist development, support and mentoring from The National Poetry Library, poet Kat Francois and the team at Tongue Fu to create new work based on their experiences. The new commissions will be presented live, online and in print.

Last year’s Boat Poets Erin Bolens, Jeremiah ‘Sugar J’ Brown, Rachel Nwokoro and Toby Campion will return to the project to share their experiences and lead poetry workshops in local schools.

You can catch some of the Boat Poets performing at Ocean Studios, Plymouth on Thursday 13 September and keep an eye on their social media (links below) for an exciting Tongue Fu show featuring the Boat Poets coming up later this year in Bristol.

Boat Poets is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. It is also supported by Apples and Snakes and produced by Hannah Nicholls in association with the Thames Festival Trust.

Find our more about the project here: