Applications & Prices

Applications open on Thursday 15 November and close on Friday 14 December 2018 at 10am. 

 Click Here to fill in the online application form. Simple.

We can accept 39 Spoken Word Poets from the South West and a few beyond, who are working professionally or who have the potential to work professionally.  As of December 2018 we are opening the applications up to the wider UK – this is because we are now confident that we will not need to run a second round of applications.

South West Area: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, BANES, Bristol and Gloucestershire.

The school is open to both new and more experienced spoken word artists, who are both likely to receive maximum benefit from the range of workshops, mentoring and personal development.

Essential Criteria

  1. You need to be a solid, better than average, good, very good, excellent spoken word poet. Someone people would pay to see, or someone with the potential to be professional. You will have the option to send an example of your work, preferably filmed.

Desirable Criteria (you need at least one of the below)

  1. You run or are involved in running a spoken word poetry night, festival stage or spoken word education project
  2. You have been working professionally or semi professionally (as in getting paid gigs and/or paid work as a facilitator) for at least a year.
  3. You have a degree or similar qualification in performance poetry and are looking to take your work to the next level.
  4. You are a significant new voice on the SW scene and have at least two recommendations from other professional poets. The facilitators would be ideal references.
  5. You have been put forward by Apples and Snakes or Literature Works.

If you can meet the first criteria, at least one of the desirable criteria and are up for the adventure (Venues and Facilities) then you should apply.


For that you get three nights food and ‘all in it together’ accommodation or camping. A full programme of events, live streamed debate and a walking theatrical journey through the woods to meet famous dead poets. The chance to be taught and mentored by some of the most inspiring and successful spoken word poets in the country (and the world). All in a beautiful, ramshackle, woodland retreat in Shropshire – with real owls, yurts, fires, showers, sauna and some very relaxing yoga.

If you can’t afford that you can pay £125

The concession entitles you to £75 off the standard ticket price. Concession tickets are limited (we have ten) so please only apply for one if you are in genuine need. If you do not get accepted on a concession ticket you will not necessarily be offered a full price place.

ArtfulScribe are supporting two concession tickets for Dorset poets and two for Hampshire poets. The remaining six will be spread between the rest of the South West.

Please note concession tickets are not available for those outside the South West.

How to Pay

If your application is successful you will be asked to pay a deposit of £100 (standard) / £50 (concession) and only when that money is received will your place be confirmed. You will have one month to pay your deposit..You will then be asked to pay the balance of your ticket £100/£75 before 1 March 2019.

For more infomation on pricing and ways to pay please read through the Q&As.

If you can’t afford that we have two full bursary places

Two full bursary places have been kindly donated by Apples and Snakes and Poetry Takeaway who are both willing to pay for someone who otherwise could not afford to be there.

Please click here to find out how to apply for a full bursary and if you need it then do apply.

Please click here if you want to donate to the bursary scheme and pay a poets ticket. 

Please note bursary tickets are not available for those outside the South West.

This project is funded by the Arts Council, which means we don’t have to charge £600 a ticket to break even. We are very grateful to them.

It has also been supported financially and in kind by Take Art, Burning Eye, The Poetry Takeaway, Literature Works and Apples and Snakes.

Please click here to read our full page of Q&As and have all or most of your queries answered.


You need to fill in the online application form. Simple.

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