Introducing Homerton's new Poet-in-Residence

To mark National Poetry Day, Mariah Whelan, Homerton College’s first Jacqueline Bardsley Poet-in-Residence, shares her plans for the coming year including poetry workshops, exhibitions and readings from some of the best contemporary poets. 

I'm excited to be joining the College community and despite the strange new circumstances we find ourselves in, I'll be planning a programme of events to put poetry at the heart of life at Homerton.

So, what can you expect from me? Well, every term, I will be in residence at Homerton, writing new poetry for and with the College community. I'll also be streaming my writing sessions via the College's Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, so keep an eye on those to find out more.

In addition to composing work of my own, I'll also be running creative writing workshops online for College members. In these classes, you will hear some of the best contemporary poetry and have a go at writing poems of your own. Everyone is welcome; students, staff and Fellows. It doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner or have some polished poetry under your belt, our focus will be on coming together as a community to express ourselves and create something new.

As well as writing poetry, I'll be inviting some of the best contemporary poets to give readings. Our guest for Michaelmas term will be Marvin Thompson. You can find Marvin's poetry in the library alongside some of my publications.

Next year, you can look forward to poetry exhibitions, sound installations and an anthology of the poetry we write together over the year.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or ideas on how we can work together to put poetry at the heart of our community. As well as being a poet, I'm also an interdisciplinary researcher so always keen to see what poetry can do for other subjects. I've spent a lot of time working with political scientists for example. What could poetry bring to your passions and interests?

Finally, as a way of saying hello, I've recorded a video to introduce myself and share some of my poetry.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Mariah | @MWhelanWriter