Poetry London Mentoring Scheme

Poetry London is offering the chance for three talented poets to receive a year of free one to one mentoring from leading poets, and friends of Poetry London, Vahni Capildeo, Colette Bryce and Mimi Khalvati.

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, whilst also offering to cover up to £500 travel expenses in order to enable applicants from across the UK to benefit.


If you would like to apply to be one of the three poets mentored on this scheme, please send a letter of interest, including a brief summary of your writing career to date, and a sample of no more than three poems to: admin@poetrylondon.co.uk, by 23rd of April 2017. Please include “PL Mentoring” in the email’s subject. Further, in order to monitor our application process, we ask that applicants include an Equality Monitoring Form with their applications. This can be downloaded here.

Participating poets will need to be able to commit to meeting their mentors five times between June 2017 and March 2018 and mentoring sessions will take place in a location agreed between Mentor and Mentee. Poetry London particularly welcomes applicants from communities who may be currently under-represented in poetry.

All applicants will be informed of our decision by the end of May.

VAHNI CAPILDEO‘s most recent books are Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016; Forward Prizes for Poetry Best Collection); Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015); and Utter (Peepal Tree Press, 2014). She is interested in cross-genre writing and intersemiotic collaborations, especially live performance. Capildeo writes a regular report for PN Review and is a contributing adviser for Blackbox Manifold.

COLETTE BRYCE has published four poetry collections including The Full Indian Rope Trick (Picador, 2004) and Self-Portrait in the Dark (2008). Her latest, The Whole & Rain-domed Universe (2014), was awarded a special Ewart-Biggs Award in memory of Seamus Heaney. A former editor at Poetry London, she currently lives in the north of England where she works as a freelance writer and editor. Colette received the Cholmondeley Award for poetry in 2010 and her Selected Poems will be published by Picador in April.

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.