Bristol's A Poetic City project is run by our friends Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. We checked in with Deputy Director, Naomi Miller, for an update on the project and to find out more about their writer-in-residence opportunities, supported by Literature Works.

Illustrator Willem Hampson and the writer ILYA have been announced as the creative team who will be producing a comic book to tell the story of Thomas Chatterton and celebrate the legacy of poetry in Bristol. ILYA (pen name of Ed Hillyer) is also a former art student from UWE’s Bower Ashton campus, graduating in 1986. He has been a professional comic-strip writer, artist and editor since 1987. His many clients have included Marvel and DC comics, the British Council, the British Museum, Lonely Planet, the Guardian and the Health Education Authority. An ongoing commission is the creation of a four-page biographical strip in every other issue of the New Internationalist magazine. 

The A Poetic City team are looking for four experienced and socially engaged professional writers who can offer exciting and inclusive residencies, each at a different location across the city. Applications are welcomed from one or more areas of creative writing, from writers, storytellers, scriptwriters, poets, spoken word or other artists working with words and from writers at different stages of their careers. These commissions are being generously supported by National Lottery Players and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The deadline for applications is 7th June, 6 pm.
Digital interviews will take place on 15th June.

Follow the project here, #bristolpoeticcity

Chatterton image: Chatterton's Holiday Afternoon. Engraved by William Ridgway after a picture by W.B. Morris, published in The Art Journal 1875. Bristol Culture Mb3042.
Comic book draft proofs: Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Willem Hampson