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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. Her debut children's poetry book, An A to Z of Awesome Animals (Caboodle Press Ltd) was released in October 2023.
Emilie's 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, which was shortlisted for a 2023 Digital Broadcast Award) and BBC4 (as part of Ghosts in the Ruins, which was shortlisted for a 2022 Royal Television Society Midlands Award). She has performed alongside poets such as Simon Armitage, Roy McFarlane and Hollie McNish.
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, care homes, community groups (and anywhere else!) to share her love of words. She has delivered sessions in person and online internationally for a variety of organisations including NAWG, Arvon, Writing West Midlands, Positive Images Festival, Wilderness Festival, BBC CSL, Apples and Snakes, and more!
Emilie also offers poetry critiques via Christopher Fielden - Click Here for more details
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 'Musical Metaphors', 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, guest speaking, school visits, workshops (adults and children), poetry critiques and mentoring.
For all enquiries regarding school visits or festival bookings please email Yvonne Lang: firstname.lastname@example.org
For critiques/editing please contact: Christopher Fielden: email@example.com
For everything else please contact Emilie directly: firstname.lastname@example.org