Barbican Young Poets

A poetry workshop and community for budding young writers, which gives you the chance to create, craft and perform poetry and spoken word.

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

Workshops take place every fortnight from 6.30-8.30pm at the Barbican.

Applications for Barbican Young Poets 2016-17 will open in July 2016. To be added to our mailing list so we can contact you when applications open, or if you have any questions, please contact:

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.

Ages 14-25
Free programme

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)