Poetry London Mentoring Scheme

Applications have now closed. Successful applicants have been notified and will be announced shortly.

Poetry London is pleased to announce the second year of its mentoring scheme, offering the chance for three talented poets to receive 1 year of free one-to-one mentoring from leading poets, and friends of Poetry London, Vahni Capildeo, Mimi Khalvati and Wayne Holloway-Smith.

Generously funded by The Fenton Arts Trust and Arts Council England, the scheme will pair each of our mentors with a promising writer who will receive in-depth support, constructive feedback and guidance over the course of five one-to-one mentoring sessions.

Poetry London is committed to developing the diversity of contemporary poetry, and as part of our commitment to this we will be providing the mentoring scheme without cost to the poets mentored, while also offering to cover up to £500 travel expenses in order to enable applicants from across the UK to benefit.


VAHNI CAPILDEO‘s sixth full-length book of poems and tenth publication is Venus as a Bear (Carcanet, 2018). Recent books include Measures of Expatriation, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015); and Utter (Peepal Tree Press, 2014). Capildeo’s current projects include traditional masquerade, and a seventh book, Skin Can Hold. They are the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Poetry at the University of Leeds.

MIMI KHALVATI has published eight collections with Carcanet Press, including Child: New & Selected Poems, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She has received a Cholmondeley Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of The English Society. Her most recent collection, The Weather Wheel, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Book of the Year in The Independent.

WAYNE HOLLOWAY-SMITH’s debut collection of poetry, Alarum, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Prize and was a Guest Selection for the Poetry Book Society. He won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2016. His non-linear sequence, I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE WENDING, will be published by Test Centre in 2018.


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