Following up the success of Rachel Long’s 2017 residency in six local schools, the Petworth Festival and the West Sussex Arts Society once again partner up to present a session showcasing poetry specially created during Rachel’s school workshops during the Literary Week. One of the most touching and important sessions of the festival, come and hear young poets aged between 7 – 11 discovering their voices.
Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in September 2015 in response to the lack of inclusivity and representation in literature and academia. Octavia meet monthly at Southbank Centre. Rachel has taught at The Poetry School, The Poetry Society, Tate Modern, and The Arvon Foundation. She is cotutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme. Her work has featured in Magma, The London Magazine, and Modern Poetry in Translation (MpT). In 2016, she was invited by The British Council to represent contemporary British poetry in India, and in May this year, she was invited to Chicago, where she was guest tutor to the Young Chicago Authors, and read at The Poetry Foundation.
Participating schools: Amberley CofE Primary, Bury CofE Primary, Coldwaltham, St James’ CofE Primary, Duncton CofE Junior School, Fittleworth CofE Primary, Petworth CofE Primary, West Chiltington CofE Primary, Wisborough Green Primary