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A whirlwind week for young poets and spoken word performers

Metal is looking for young people aged 15 – 19 from Peterborough who are writing their own poetry, performing spoken word, who might be battle rapping or writing song lyrics. You might be simply writing in your bedroom, performing on YouTube or at school or events.

If this is you then Metal, is offering you the chance to work with poet mentors Dean Atta, Toby Campion, Charley Genever and Keely Mills for a week of workshops, talks, gigs, writing and performing in the October half term.


Each of the mentors will lead their own workshops with you, developing different aspects of writing and performing alongside other like minded people. You will then get to be part of Writers House Write Club, a gig on the Friday night where you will perform in small teams to a live audience. The poet mentors will guide you through the whole thing. The chance to draw on the experiences of such great poet mentors doesn’t come along very often so this is something to grab with both hands.


So, if you really want to develop your work, get to work alongside some amazing poet mentors then you should apply.



  • Dates: Monday 22nd to Friday 26th October (you need to be able to attend each day)
  • Times: 10am – 5pm (9pm on the Friday).
    NB – there may be a trip on the Tuesday or Wednesday evening to see a gig in another city)
  • Venue: Chauffeurs Cottage, 1 St Peters Rd (behind the Town Hall), Peterborough, PE1 1YX
  • FREE
  • Lunch provided.
  • Travel support provided



It’s really simple. Just complete the form below and send it to sarah@metalculture.com or drop it in / post it to Chauffeurs Cottage. You just need to tell them a tiny bit about yourself, who your inspiration is and send them a piece of your work / film link.

Deadline has been extended and we’re still accepting applications! 

If you have any questions then email sarah@metalculture.com or call 01733 893 077.


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Charley Genever is best known as Peterborough Poet Laureate 2016. At 24, she was the youngest poet to have been awarded the title, and so far she has worked with and performed for the likes of Verve Poetry Festival, Cambridge Junction, Apples and Snakes, The Poetry Society and Southbank Centre.

Now 26 and living and working from Peterborough, she works in Marketing and Programming for Peterborough Presents, and is the Young Artistic Director for Emerge in Boston working with Transported, led by The Mighty Creatives. She also produces quarterly Arts Council England supported spoken word night ‘Freak Speak’, which has been featured on Picador’s Books list of ‘Best UK Spoken Word Nights’. Her first poetry collection, ‘Unsexed’, was released in May 2017 (BX3).






Keely Mills: is a poet, writer, producer and placemaker.

She was Peterborough Poet Laureate in 2009 and has performed at Edinburgh Festival, the Houses of Parliament, Grow Heathrow, Village Green and  whilst laureate she opened the John Clare Cottage with Benjamin Zephaniah. She has performed and worked with excellent writers and poets such as Kate Tempest, Scroobius Pip, Ross Sutherland, Rob Auton, Attila the Stockbroker and John Cooper Clarke. She has produced Speakeasy with Mark Grist in conjunction with Norwich Writers Centre and she is currently a team captain for Write Club in Peterborough. She has partnerships with  Three Acres and a Cow which is about land rights in the UK and the other is Traveller’s Tales which is hi-lighting stories and issues faced by Gypsies, traveller’s and Romany’s.

She comes from a small village and she thrives in residencies where she can create a village in places where they don’t normally exist. During the Green Festival in 2013 she was poet in residence for all bus routes in Peterborough and that work was played in the city market, staff canteens and the major flyover in the city. She is also Poet in Resident for Peterborough Lido, where her work was played under the water and people could swim into the poems. In 2017 and’ as part of  Planet B she and Charley Genever created a piece of work called Pickers, Pluckers and Packers which celebrated and explored the contribution of women and EU migrants to our food production, people experienced the work during a set of tours. She is currently completing a mixed media residency in Epping Forest which has resulted in a exhibition and workshops.









Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One’s The One Show and several times on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally and is currently a judge of the 2018 BBC Young Writers’ Award. Dean is a Metal artist in residence using his residency at Metal to complete the first draft of his young adult novel in verse The Black Flamingo;  a book he would have liked to have read as a teenager coming to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen.



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Toby Campion is an award winning British poet and playwright, born and raised in the Midlands. A freelance writer and workshop facilitator, he delivers writing workshops for all ages and abilities and does content and commission work.

Toby Campion is a UK National Poetry Slam Champion and a World Poetry Slam finalist. Recipient of the Silver Wyvern Award and First Place in the Poetry on the Lake Prizes 2017, awarded by Carol Ann Duffy, Toby has performed his poetry on stages across the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in countries around the world, including America, Italy, Spain, Albania and South Korea. His debut play, WRECK, won the Fifth Word Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright 2015.

Director of UniSlam, Resident Artist at Camden’s prestigious Roundhouse and UK Young Artists Ambassador, Toby was one of the first resident poets of the River Thames. His poetry has been featured on national networks such as BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and ITV and has been selected to represent the UK at numerous international conferences and events including Capturing Fire: International Queer Poetry Summit, the 18th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, the Paris Poetry World Cup and Next Generation Speaks.





Funding for Writers House is provided by Arts Council and Take Your Place, which aims to entice more students to ‘find their passion’ and consider study after school. The Take Your Place programme is delivered by the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco), which aims to increase the number of young people from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education and degree level apprenticeships by 2020.

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