Are you a BAME, Disabled or Deaf, Low-income or LGBTQI+ and an emerging poet who lives, works or studies in the West Midlands region?

The Dynamo mentoring scheme was first launched in 2016. It offers emerging writers feedback on their poems, advice on the next steps with their writing career and guidance on getting your poems out there.

The Dynamo mentoring scheme will provide free of charge one-to-one mentoring for emerging poets with experienced poet and editor at Nine Arches Press, Jane Commane. The scheme is being targeted at emerging and early-stage poets who are from backgrounds which are currently under-represented in poetry publishing and in contemporary poetry in general – for example; disabled, low-income, BAME and LGBTQI+ poets. This scheme is offered in partnership with Writing West Midlands, for poets living, working or studying in the West Midlands.

“Having a mentor who looked at my own personal works has been a great help. This is because I feel that my mentor, Jane, has looked carefully at my individual poems and has noted even tiny details for improvement.

“I gained insight on how others can view my work therefore allowing me to view my work from their perspective too. From our mentoring session, I have picked up different ways how to edit my work for improvement. A really enjoyable and valuable scheme!” – Dynamo mentee

The deadline for applications has passed. It was Friday 20 December 2019 at 12 noon. 

Personal data: Please note that we do ask for some personal information on this form to assess need and help us allocate the ten mentorships. All information you give on this form will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with any third party outside of Nine Arches Press and Writing West Midlands during the selection process.

Please note: we expect there to be high demand for the mentoring scheme and sadly cannot give individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants. All decisions are final.


About the mentor:

Jane Commane is a poet, editor and publisher at Nine Arches Press. Her debut collection, Assembly Lines, was published in 2018 by Bloodaxe, and she is co-author, with Jo Bell, of How to be a Poet.

She has worked on the editing and publication of over eighty poetry publications in the last eleven years, and co-edited Under the Radar magazine since 2008.

Jane has led workshops everywhere from riverbanks and orchards to haunted castles, and taught across the region and nationally, as well as mentoring a range of poets at all stages of their careers. Jane was a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow, 2017-18.



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