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Opportunity - Undertow: Polylingual Poets Please, Poetry Translation Centre


Undertow: Polylingual Poets Please is a development program for young mixed heritage poets interested in working with multiple languages. We are looking to recruit 8 young people from across the UK for a series of workshops and surgeries to help develop them creatively and professionally. This programme will take place over 3 months, September to November 2021.

Undertow is the Poetry Translation Centre’s Youth programme. When the PTC was set up, our founder, the poet Sarah Maguire, made one of our goals to ‘ginger up’ English poetry with an infusion of creativity from other languages. Undertow has created this opportunity to ignite a passion for poetry in many languages by fostering multilingual creativity.

Tutor and course

The Undertow: Polylingual Poets Please course will be headed up by Juana Adcock, a Mexican-British poet and translator. She will be helping the young poets develop their work. As well as the creative aspects of the programme we will also be building up practical skills and offering insights into earning you living working in the arts.

There will be creative sessions with Juana on multilingual creativity, and workshops on Capitalism for Poets and Navigating White Spaces with leading poets and translators. Over the next eight weeks, the young poets will have a chance to develop their work iteratively through a series of one to one online surgeries with Juana.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for young people between 16 and 26, from diverse or mixed cultural backgrounds with an interest in multiple languages, who want to develop their creative practice as poets or spoken word performers.

If you speak or understand more than one language, or you come from a household where several languages are used, or you want to explore your own linguistic heritage, then we want to hear from you.

Hindi, Urdu, or Farsi, Spanish, Polish or Picard, Gaelic, BSL or Manx, all languages welcome. We are looking for young people from across the UK and we will pay travel costs so successful candidates can attend in-person sessions held in London or elsewhere.

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