Barbican Young Poets

Ages 14-25
Free programme

Applications are now open. Access the application form here.

What is this?

The Barbican Young Poets is a programme for writers aged 14-25 who love the written and spoken word and want to push their work in the company of other passionate voices. If you have something to say and are searching for a new way to say it this programme will feed and challenge you to produce work that is fresh, raw and relevant.

What will you be doing?

If you are selected you will complete a 12 session programme with internationally renowned poet and performer Jacob Sam-La Rose as well as guest facilitators and artists who will help develop different aspects of writing and performance.

Past participants have said:

“I feel incredibly lucky and humbled to be in this space; there is an ease of relationships created where the focus is so positive and human. I feel like I’ve made friendships with the most amazing people who I respect and will collaborate with all my life.”

Barbican Young Poet 2017

The programme will

  • Develop your style and approach to the written word
  • Grow your critical skills in a supportive creative community of fellow artists
  • Introduce you a community of young artists at the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama

At the end of the programme you will have

  • Produced a portfolio of work
  • Contributed to a published poetry anthology
  • Performed on the Barbican’s stages and other poetry venues

How do you apply?

Applications are now open. Access the application form here.

The application deadline is 1 September 2017 at 5pm, after this date there will be a recruitment evening where the final candidates will be selected.

You must be a Young Barbican member and be living in the UK to participate. Sign up here for free and access discounted tickets to amazing art and entertainment.

If you would like to discuss any special access requirements you have for both the application process or the programme itself please call the Creative Learning department on 020 7382 2333 or email

Bursary Information

If there is a financial reason that would prevent you from participating in this programme we have a bursary fund available that can assist in covering the cost of travel, childcare or any other costs that would prevent your application or participation.

Call 020 7382 2333 or email for the bursary info pack and application form.

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.

An Orchestra of Feathers and Bone (2016-2017)
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)