Please see below for information about an exciting new national development programme for Black and Asian poets, run by Spread the Word. Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions and do pass the information on to others who might be interested.

The Complete Works

A national two year development programme for advanced Black and Asian poets

Are you a Black or Asian poet at the stage where you are committed to producing your first full-length collection?
Would you benefit from a tailored programme of support and career development?

For two years you will have an individually assigned poet-mentor offering you intensive critical feedback on your writing. You will also have access to a professional development programme including seven full days of seminars, critical reading sessions, meet-the-editor events and career support and advice.

Peer support throughout the project will be encouraged and supported.
Each year will feature a residential week of writing at Arvon for the group.

The Complete Works will culminate in a final anthology and showcase event.

To apply:
Send two copies of fifteen poems along with a covering letter outlining why you would like to join the programme and how you might benefit from it at this particular stage in your writing career.
Your poems should be typed (12 point) and double spaced.
Please do NOT write your name on your sheets of poetry.
Please mark your envelope The Complete Works and send it to:
Spread the Word,
77 Lambeth Walk,
London SE11 6DX.

Closing date for applications: Friday 21 March
Number of places:
There is a fee for the programme that will be payable over two years. If you would like more information or to discuss The Complete Works, please contact Nathalie Teitler at or see

Spread the Word
in partnership with Arts Council England, the Foyle Foundation and the Old Possums Practical Trust. In association with the Arvon Foundation

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