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Emilie Lauren Jones has performed across the UK and internationally. In 2021, the year Coventry became UK City of Culture, she became the city's first Poet Laureate.
Emilie has performed alongside poets such as Simon Armitage, Roy McFarlane and Hollie McNish. Her poetry has been featured on local and national radio, including BBC Radio 3, 4, 5Live and 6 Music. Her poetry has also featured on national television including Sky Arts (as part of the Unlocked series of short films) and BBC4.
Her poems have appeared in magazines including 'Under the Radar' and ‘HCE Magazine’, and anthologies including 'The View From Olympia' (Half Moon Books), and 'Places of Poetry‘ (One World Publications). Plus award winning anthology 'Bloody Amazing' (Beautiful Dragons Collaborations’), and Saboteur award nominated anthology 'Elements' (Fawn Press).
She facilitates writing workshops for adults and young people, and also enjoys visiting schools and community groups to share her love of words.
One of the commissioned poets for UK City of Culture 2021, she took parts in events across the city including the Show Windows Project, Community Connectors and the BBC's Contains Strong Language Festival.
During lockdown, Emilie worked with international concert pianist Mikael Petersson to create 'Healing and Hope', a collaborative classical music and poetry show, which is now available for venues to book.
In January 2022, Emilie worked alongside Ivor Novello winning composer, Nitin Sawhney, on his creation Ghosts in the Ruins, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Coventry Cathedral.
In 2020 and 2021, she represented her city in the Coventry-Cork Poetry exchange. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham, was part of the 2020/21 Nine Arches Press 'Dynamo' scheme and is part of the 2022/23 Room 204 programme with Writing West Midlands. She was Artist in Resident for Methodist Central Hall, Coventry From September 2022 - May 2023.
A strong believer that art and creativity are for everyone, she is passionate about making poetry accessible to a wide audience, this is reflected in the projects and commissions she takes part in. As someone who is neurodiverse herself, she believes that seeing the world in a slightly different way is something to be celebrated!
Emilie is available for and experienced in: performances, commissions, community projects, residencies, school visits, and workshops for both adults and children.
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