The Barbican Young Poets cohort of 2020 was due to present a showcase at the Barbican just before COVID-19 changed everyday life and the ability to commune together safely in person. In spite of this, we celebrate the extraordinary work this cohort produced during the programme and further developed during a time of unprecedented global upheaval with an online collection of poems.
You are warmly invited to temporarily forget time and immerse yourself in these poems— glimpses into worlds that are deeply personal, political, expansive, nostalgic, and as unique as they are unifying in representing some spark of the human experience.
We are proud of these poems and the cohort and we hope you enjoy each poem for what it is: a gift.
Barbican Young Poets is a Barbican Creative Learning programme for writers, led by the programme’s Artistic Director, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Co-Tutor, Rachel Long.
Learn more about the Barbican Young Poets on the Barbican website.
About Barbican Creative Learning
Barbican Creative Learning pioneers new models for creative and cultural learning across the art forms. Our mission, Creative Skills for Life, underpins all aspects of our work and approach in the design and delivery of meaningful and impactful learning experiences across three strategic pillars: Education, Employability and Enrichment.
In 2020/21, we delivered 20 digital and physical programmes with over 200 partners, engaging 2,400 participants and reaching an audience of more than 50,000. In order to achieve this, we build partnerships with teachers, artists, young people, schools and community organisations locally, nationally and internationally.