Welcome to the website of a new, innovative project taking place this year, funded by the Arts Council of England. My name is Anne Caldwell, and I am a freelance writer, prose poet and Prose Poetry UK’s coordinator.
This research project aims to identify sixty prose poets of quality and diversity working in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England and publish an anthology of their work.
The anthology has the working title of ‘The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry’ and will be co-edited by myself and Oz Hardwick. It will be published in the early summer of 2019.
New audiences for prose poetry will then be developed via social media and the planning of a series of ten live events in literature venues/festivals across the UK to take place in 2019.
The project will also pilot prose poetry workshops in Bridlington and evaluate their content in order to plan a further series of workshops in partnership with festivals and literature development agencies.
These opportunities will be aimed at young and emerging prose poets to create a legacy of new writers for this form. The workshops will be run by myself and Beverley Ward in July 2018.
Stage One 2018
The first phase aims to research prose poetry in the UK, identifying its best practitioners. I will also create working partnerships with my co-editor Oz Hardwick and Valley Press, and other members of the team. Beverley Ward will help develop prose poetry workshops for younger writers and Glynis Charlton will support the management and evaluation of this project.
This phase will include researching and mapping the best current practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds, via literature organisations, poetry presses, blogs and other writing networks.
Stage Two 2019
The second phase aims to develop new audiences for prose poetry by producing an anthology, digital content and live tour. I aim to raise the profile of this largely neglected genre. A marketing plan will evaluate how this literature can best be received by its readership – via print, mobile phone, digital downloads or live events. Educational workshops will offer emerging practitioners the chance to develop their skills. The legacy of the project will hopefully encourage a vibrant prose poetry network, and boost its profile.