The lecturer has a “latitude” for literature… and a festival gift for budding poets


Public sector professionals with a passion for poetry writing could win a pass to a top music festival by joining a speaker’s poetic quest.

Public sector poetry is for people who are working, retired or studying to enter education, health, social care or social work.

It’s the brainchild of University of Northampton professor Korrin Smith-Whitehouse, and is open to eligible people across England. Korrin examines how these public sector professionals can use poetry writing to explore their experiences working in the public sector.

Two other aims of the project are to increase the understanding of life for public sector professionals and to create a community of poets whose writing is encouraged and developed.

Now Korrin is offering an extra incentive to entice more professionals to put pens to paper or fingers to keyboards – free entry to a major music and arts festival.

The Latitude Festival in Suffolk first took place in 2006. They recently announced their lineup for the event which will run from July 21-24 – and one of the additions to the arts program is Public Sector Poetry.

Korrin has weekend passes to the event, available for brave poets whose work features in the second Poetry Journal…and the chance to read their poems on stage.

Korrin said, “I am surprised and delighted that Public Sector Poetry is on the official program of this year’s Latitude Festival. A relatively small idea just a few months ago really captured the popular imagination, so sharing the poster with such an incredible company is a real honor.

“The theme of this year’s artistic program is activism. With the power of poetry to educate, enlighten, motivate and move us, we will fit right in with other acts. The festival is a great platform for emerging and established poets to have their poetry recognized, while taking part in a project to promote change and support for our public sector.

“It’s great news that we can give away a pair of free weekend guest tickets to every poet invited to come with us. Poets simply need to submit their work for Issue 2 of the journal to be considered for this opportunity; several poets will be selected to perform, and each will be invited to deliver a short set of two to three poems as part of the event.

“To those sending in poems for the next round of submissions – and the deadline is Monday, March 20 – guest journal co-editor Casey Bailey and I are really looking forward to reading your unique perspective on the sectors in which you work.”

Learn more about submissions for the upcoming Public Sector Poetry Journal.

* Public sector poetry is funded by Arts Council England.

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