Ella Frears

How has being a London Laureate impacted your career? 

It’s had a huge impact – it gave me confidence in my both writing and performance, opened up lots of opportunities and made me feel supported. All of the London Laureates are amazingly talented and I have loved being part of such an engaged and inspiring group.

Tell us about what you’ve been involved with since last National Poetry Day 

Over the last six months I have been writing lots and have had poetry published in various publications as well as exhibiting twice with Newlyn Art Gallery (text, poetry and audio). I became an associate board member for Magma Poetry magazine and will be co-editing Issue 65 later this year. I have performed at various locations around London including being a guest speaker/poet on a panel at Women of the World Festival at the South Bank Centre and I will be Poet in Residence at Knole House in Kent this summer with Spread the Word which I’m really excited about. I was also recently shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize.

What would you advise anyone who’s thinking of applying for the Young Poet Laureate 2015/2016?

Go for it! You’ll meet some amazing people and learn a lot about your writing. It’s such a friendly atmosphere – with a focus on enjoying all the great work produced rather than on competition so don’t be scared.

What are your interests and what opportunities are you looking for?

I’m interested in the boundaries and points of convergence between poetry and visual art, in collaborations with other writers, artists, art forms or communities and in responding to exciting spaces and briefs. I’m fascinated by the process of writing and the places where truth and fiction overlap. I look for opportunities which will push my writing in different directions both on the page and in performance.

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