Caleb Femi: Young Poet Laureate judge

Caleb Femi
Mon 19 Jun, 2017

Caleb Femi is London's Young People's Laureate, and a judge on our search for Nottingham's very own Young Poet Laureate. Here, he tells us what he is looking for in his judging.

What’s the one pice of advice you’d give to someone thinking of applying to be Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate?   Present the most authentic version of yourself, honesty and self-acceptance is at the centre of this role.   

How has your previous role as a teacher helped inform your role as Young Poet Laureate?

 My previous role as a teacher has helped me cope with to the huge workload that the role has but more importantly being comfortable in workshop settings.    

Who first inspired you to use words as an art form? 

 Wiley, Kano, Giggs.  


Giggs: an inspiration.

What do you love most about your role as Young People’s Laureate for London? 

 Talking poetry with young people and reading the poems written by them (especially who previously had an aversion to poetry).   

 Which poet would you have loved to have met - and why? 

 Rumi - imagine having a conversation with all of that wisdom    

 You’re stranded on a desert island - what three books would you want with you?

 Essays In Love - Alain De Botton Citizen - Claudia Rankine How To Survive on a Desert Island - Tim O’Shei

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