Barbican Young Poets

The application period for Barbican Young Poets 2016-17 has now closed. Watch this space for upcoming opportunities.

About the programme

Barbican Young Poets is a poetry workshop programme for emerging writers aged 14-25, which gives you the chance to create, craft and perform poetry and spoken word as part of a community of young artists at the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Led by internationally renowned poet and performer Jacob Sam-La Rose, explore diverse aspects of writing and performance, drawing on your passions, personal experience and the sights and sounds of the Barbican’s rich artistic programme to develop and showcase your work.

By the end of the programme, you’ll have produced a portfolio of work, contributed to a published anthology, and had experience of performing on the Barbican’s stages and at other poetry venues. You can then apply again, or join the alumni group and develop your skills further, while supporting the next generation of Barbican Young Poets.

Ages 14-25
Free programme

You can also sign up to Young Barbican to hear about other opportunities for young people at the Barbican, as well as access discounted tickets to amazing art and entertainment.



Read the Barbican Young Poets' Anthology

Click the links below to download a copy of the Barbican Young Poets Anthology created at the end of each programme.

Impossible Things About Optimism (2015-16)
The Art of Forgetting Just Enough (2014-15)
How to Witness the World with a Distance (2013-14)
What We Thought Was True (2012-13)
Eloquence in Times of Crisis (2011-12)