📢 We are currently seeking the next Plymouth Young City Laureate!

Find out more about this exciting opportunity for aspiring young writers in Plymouth between the ages of 14 and 19 years, and download an application pack here.

Plymouth Laureates

Rosemarie Corlett, current Plymouth Laureate of Words
Mimi Jones, current Plymouth Young City Laureate
Plymouth Laureate of Words is a creative partnership between Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and The Box. The Laureate represents their city in words, illuminating its life, culture and stories through a combination of creative writing commissions and public events. The locally based Laureate meets the Plymouth community to inspire and encourage the sharing of stories; reflecting the voices at the heart of the city. 

The public vote to find the Plymouth Laureate of Words for 2023-25 closed in September 2023, and the new Laureate is Rosemarie Corlett. The shortlisted candidates all wrote and performed new work responding to a ‘Blue Spaces’ theme, and you can watch Rosemarie’s piece here:

As an author, workshop lead and teacher, Rosemarie has worked extensively within not-for-profit, educational and community projects in Plymouth, including The Children’s University, Poetry Cares, Mayflower 400 and the Association for Literature and Environment. As a bilingual poet, Rosemarie has been published by Guardian Faber, Plymouth Culture, Poetry Wales and Shearsman Books.

Rosemarie Corlett (Plymouth Laureate of Words 2023-25) and Laura Horton (Plymouth Laureate of Words 2020-2023) at a special handover event at The Box in September 2023.
Rosemarie Corlett (Plymouth Laureate of Words 2023-25) and Laura Horton (Plymouth Laureate of Words 2020-2023) at a special handover event at The Box in September 2023. Photo credit: FOTONOW
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In November 2020 Plymouth playwright, facilitator and publicist Laura Horton became Plymouth’s first ever Laureate of Words. Over the three years of her Laureateship, Laura responded to a series of commissions from partners and organisations across Plymouth. She developed monologues with primary schools, ran free playwrighting workshops, created an audio play, and ran workshops with our partners at The Box, with participants responding creatively to a famous artwork in their collection.

Here’s Laura reading a piece about Plymouth:

You can read several of Laura’s blogs and commissions created during her time as Laureate here. As Laura’s time in the role came to an end, we posted a thread on Twitter celebrating many of her achievements.

The Young City Laureate is the writer voice of the city’s young – they receive paid writing commissions to develop their creative work, which they are given the opportunity to share and perform at special events and occasions at libraries, schools and festivals in Plymouth. Literature Works collaborates with Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Culture to support the Young City Laureate.
Photo: Thom Boulton

Mimi Jones is our current Young City Laureate. They are a talented young poet, playwright and artist based in Plymouth. They primarily write about love from a queer and autistic point of view, but also enjoy ‘slice of life’ plays and fiction. Alongside reading their work at open mics and working on their first anthology, they also host their own events with QueerOutLoud – helping find and share queer creatives around the city.

‘I’m honoured to have the chance to keep working on my writing as the new Plymouth Young City Laureate. We have such an amazing queer and neurodiverse community that I am thrilled to work with further, and to share more writing as a queer, autistic writer.’

Mimi Jones

Mimi’s Laureateship has been closely connected to With Flying Colours – a four-year project funded by Arts Council England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The project ran from 2019-2023, working with schools and delivery partners across Plymouth to co-create performances with young people.