artist opportunitieS

Applications are open! for a limited time only.


We are seeking 6 poets from across England to help us celebrate pubs, publicans, and their communities in a national campaign through the medium of poetry.  This is a collaboration between INN CROWD and Pub is The Hub to create a feel good campaign called Winter Warmers.

If that sounds like something you would love to join in with then please CLICK HERE to download the full brief and then CLICK HERE to access the application form, but hurry! Applications are only open until 17:00 (GMT) Monday 16th of November. 

For a larger print download of the application brief please CLICK HERE 

For a copy of the text in the application brief please see below: 

What is the commission?

  • To compose a poem of max 20 lines that celebrates pubs, publicans and the people who visit them. The theme for these poems will be around resilience and community/connection.
    Additional information on this brief will be available upon commission. 
  • To perform the poem to camera on Monday 7th December.

How will we commission poets?

We will commission six poets to represent each of six geographical regions of England. If you would like to be considered for one of these commissions, simply complete this short application form and share two examples of your poetry (ideally one page-based and one read/performed as video or audio) either in the application or via email to sam@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk 

Commissions will be decided based on artistic merit (examples of work and artistic statement) and spread around regions of England. 

What is the timeline?

Application deadline – 17:00 Monday 16th November 2020

Commissions offered – Friday 20th November 2020

Delivery of final poem – Friday 4th December 2020

Filming – Monday 7th December 2020

Release – TBC, December 2020 and January 2021

Further Questions

If you have further questions, email Project Producer Sam Ruddock at sam@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk or call 07943063015. 



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Sophia Walker


One of my favourite yet! Audience all up for it, and some good-natured ‘supportive’ heckling leading to some beautiful improvised moments. Went home buzzing. Thanks for that!

Jonny Fluffypunk


INN CROWD is supporting the art of storytelling, and I feel very lucky that Inn Crowd supports what I do. The performers benefit, the community benefits and the pub benefits – I like being part of that triangle.

John Osbourne


It would be incredibly difficult for me to get my work out to rural communities, just on a cost basis. You need someone to introduce you, and it can take a long time to develop those relationships. So INN CROWD bridges that gap for us.

Byron Vincent


The glorious Star Inn, Waldron. Stunning. Had to compete with bell ringers at the church but we got through it, thoroughly enjoyable. I love the Inn Crowd gigs. Some of my favourite ever.

Luke Wright