City Arts is looking for an experienced writer and/or poet to lead a series of workshops with people 55+ in Nottingham, exploring the literature of Alan Sillitoe. He is best known for his debut novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and his early short story The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, both of which were adapted into films. We are working in partnership with Nottingham City of Literature & Nottingham City Council Library Service.

You will run a series of workshops with older people in a range of community settings (up to 4-5 different groups) engaging around 8- 12 people. The workshops will lead to the creation of a body of work that results in one or more creative outcome, co-produced with the participants. This could be a series of short films, recorded poetry, a showcase or a performance that collectively celebrate participants’ achievements. The final body of work should exists as a legacy beyond the life of the project.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience of facilitating creative workshops in the community using a model of co-production
  • A track record of producing high quality creative outcomes with participants
  • A positive and sensitive approach to working with participants
  • Confidence in engaging with, and conveying themes relating to, Alan Sillitoe’s literary works
  • Flexibility in their creative approach and willingness to align the style, delivery and themes in response to the participant’s needs 
  • Experience of working creativity with people aged 55+
  • An inclusive approach and willingness to use different styles and methods of engagement with both people that are already involved in the arts and newcomers

Payment & Expenses

A fee of up to £2,000 is available for this commission. This is expected to cover 20 x 2 hr sessions at a rate of £100 per session, inclusive of materials, travel costs and VAT (all travel will be within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, to up to 5 different venues).

To find out how to apply please download the brief below. The deadline for applications is 10 May 2019