Your Parent/Carer's details (required if you are under 18 years old)
If you are in formal education or belong to a youth group, please fill in the contact details for your school, college, university or youth group below
Do you have any access needs? Please describe them.
You may be asked to attend an in-person recruitment evening with other young poets. Please tell us which evenings you are free below. If you can’t make any of these dates, we can still consider your application, but it is less likely that it will be successful.
If you are offered a place on the programme, sessions will take place every other Wednesday 6-8:30pm. The first session will be Wednesday 20 October. You’ll need to be free to attend all sessions. Please note, participants will be required to work on their writing between sessions to build a portfolio of work. There will also be deadlines for the anthology and end of programme showcase. These dates may shift slightly but advance notice will be given if so.
- Session 1 Wed 20 Oct
- Session 2 Wed 3 Nov
- Session 3 Wed 17 Nov
- Session 4 Wed 1 Dec
- Session 5 Wed 15 Dec
- Session 6 Wed 12 Jan
- Session 7 Wed 26 Jan
- Session 8 Wed 9 Feb
- Session 9 Wed 23 Feb
- Session10 Wed 9 Mar
- Session 11 Wed 23 Mar
- Session 12 Wed 6 April
- Session 13 Wed 20 April
- Session 14 Wed 4 May
- Showcase Sat 7 – Sun 8 May
- Plenary Wed 18 May
Please take a moment to look over the next three questions about your artistic work. Ensure you answer them all. If nothing else, we hope that answering them will serve as an opportunity for self-reflection.
Optional: You are welcome to film/audio record your answers for the next three questions, if you need:
- Please answer these in one film/audio recording and state your full name at the start and the question number before giving each answer.
- Film format: MP4 or MOV
- Audio format: MP3 or WAV
- Please ensure your film/audio for your answers is no longer than 5 minutes total
- Please submit a Dropbox or Google drive link to your file. Please ensure it is a shareable link and the permissions to view have been granted. There isn’t the time during the application review process to seek these permissions.
Name a few poets, writers, lyricists and/or performers who’ve inspired or moved you and give us a sense of what it is about their work that speaks to you.
There’s no wrong or right answer here – we just want to get a sense of your influences and who or what you’re paying attention to. Feel free to say a few words about why, but we’re not looking for a long answer.
Considering what you know of the programme, what do you hope becoming a Barbican Young Poet will do for you and/or your poetry?
If you’re applying as a returning Barbican Young Poet, what would you want to explore further or do differently this year?
Please share a Dropbox or Google Drive link to an example of your poetry in the box below:
- Include no more than 3 poems, no longer than 2 sides of A4 each, saved as one PDF document, titled ‘NAME_BYP Application.’ Please aim to show us the range of your work.
- You are welcome to include links to your work on Soundcloud/Vimeo/YouTube etc. but please still include the text of each poem in the document.
- Please ensure your link is shareable and the permissions to view have been granted as there isn’t the time during the application review process to seek these.
Equal opportunities monitoring form
We are working towards anti-racism and equity in all aspects of our work. Improving representation within the arts is an important part of our strategy. This includes improving how we collect, monitor and evaluate the demographics of our participants.
Additionally, we're funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and are required to contribute to their understanding of the organisations and artists they fund. When analysing this data, we will also compare our results with the Office for National Statistics to better understand how our demographic data compares with the regions in which we are working.
Answering these questions is completely optional. The information you supply to us will be kept secure and anonymous and will be used for monitoring, evaluation and reporting purposes only. Thank you
The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as 'a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial long-term effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day to day activities.'
Which type of school did you attend for the majority of your time between the ages of 11 and 16?
When you were aged about 14, which best describes the sort of work the main / highest income earner in your household did in their main job? We apply the following categories from the ACE Annual Survey.
Your submission of this form to Barbican Creative Learning will constitute your confirmation of the following declaration:
- I hereby confirm that the information I have given in this application is true and correct
- I confirm my availability for the programme as per the dates given above
- I agree that the Barbican may, for administrative purposes only, make copies of any material submitted in support of my application.
- I agree to the Barbican processing personal data as part of the applications, registration, and learning support processes and accept that this information will be retained during and following my participation for administering my progress and for the provision of statistical returns.