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Community Heritage Poet-in-Residence: Poet on the High Street

Winchester Poetry Festival is seeking to appoint a ‘Poet on the High Street’: a community heritage poet-in-residence for Winchester.


The Poet on the High Street programme will run alongside and as an integral aspect of our Festival Delivery Plan for 2021.   This community residency will be a new initiative designed specifically to facilitate CV19 recovery and:


  • enable Winchester’s people of all ages to rebuild and celebrate their sense of place, and express feelings, and hope and plans, through their own poetry.

  • act as an accessible catalyst for civic renewal and communication for Winchester’s people and businesses, rebuilding individual and civic identity

  • excite community and business engagement in gathering and celebrating the stories, personalities, places and businesses of central Winchester and what they mean to people today. 


The residency will aim to excite community and business engagement in gathering and celebrating Winchester’s heritage, its stories, personalities, places, and businesses of central Winchester and what they mean to people today. 

The appointed poet will be self-motivated and will facilitate public participation among the community and businesses of central Winchester and co-research the history and special character of the City centre working with an appointed Heritage Adviser. 

The programme will include community and schools’ workshops, poems displayed in shop windows and heritage settings, public readings and celebrations, an anthology of poems by both poet and people inspired by Winchester’s community heritage, and a follow-on digital community resource. Activities will be governed by whatever Covid restrictions apply.  We would hope to have strong physical presence but there will be online capacity too.


Winchester Poetry Festival is looking for a creative, innovative, and flexible approach.  The precise delivery details will be negotiated and confirmed in discussion with the appointed poet.

The Residency will run over 6 months – from June to November and will comprise approximately 35 days over this period.  A fee of £7K is available. 


Please note that this programme is still subject to final confirmation of funding. We are delighted however that The National Lottery Heritage Fund has recently indicated an in-principle grant award towards our total.




For more information and how to submit an application please download the full Brief and Job Description 




  • Responses to this brief should be submitted by email to Madelaine Smith ( ) by Friday 7th May 2021

  • Interviews (via ZOOM): Monday 17th May or Tuesday 18th May

  • Poet selected and work begins from Tuesday 1st June 2021 (subject to confirmation of final funding sources)

  • Work to be completed - including project evaluation working in liaison with appointed Project Evaluator – by Wednesday 30th November 2021




Equal Opportunities

Winchester Poetry Festival has an active Equal Opportunities policy. No job or role applicant or employee shall receive less favourable, or more favourable, treatment on the grounds of age, care of dependants, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background & status.


A commitment to the environment

WPF has a robust commitment to working in an environmentally sustainable way.  Our plans will include a commitment to:

  • Using recyclable, environmentally-sound materials from local suppliers

  • Walking, cycling or using public transport where possible and feasible

  • Delivering community/heritage workshops, when face-to-face, (depending on CV19), in settings accessible by public transport. We will provide transport guidance.

  • Reviewing learning from the POHS programme – and with advice from Fit for the Future - to inform a full WPF environmental sustainability Plan going forward.


Thank you very much for your interest.




19th April 2021

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