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Global Poetry System Internship | 03-Dec-09

Global Poetry System Internship
Think poetry is only in books? It's engraved on a statue in the town square, remembered in nursery rhymes sung to us as children, spotted in a line of graffiti on our way to work in the morning. Poetry is everywhere. The idea for GPS began with poet and Southbank Centre artist in residence, Lemn Sissay, who remains closely involved with the project. Lemn?s vision of connecting people to poetry inspires and informs the project.
GPS is a user generated world map of poetry (www.southbankcentre.co.uk/gps). It?s a simple idea ? poetry is all around us. We often turn to it at special occasions like weddings and funerals, but the poetic also runs through everyday life. Anyone is invited to put their
place and its poetry on the map and discover poetry where they never expected it by exploring the site. Southbank Centre is also collaborating with partner organisations
Academi, Apples & Snakes, Beverley Literature Festival, Dylan Thomas Centre, Litfest, NALD, Scottish Poetry Library, Verbal Arts Centre to seek out poetry across the UK and
beyond.
What you can expect from us:
We can offer you the opportunity to play a key role in this unique creative project. Liasing with national literature organisations and stimulating public interaction with the project online is an intriguing way of working with poetry and the web. The placement also provides opportunities to develop writing, editorial and communication skills. The
placement will involve:
- Practical experience and collaboration with the Learning and Participation and New
Media teams to generate public interest and interaction with the GPS website.
- Editorial experiences selecting and preparing featured content for the GPS website,
and managing aspects of its content management system.
- Liaison and communication with partner organisations, connecting them with the
GPS website.
- Creative input into the project and its events and working closely with Poetry
Library, Learning and Participation and New Media staff.
You will receive on-the-job training and gain a good understanding of the practical side of learning and participation, and the promotion and development of interactive online work.
The post is voluntary so we are not able to pay you a salary, but we will compensate travel expenses within London (up to £14.80 per day).
What we expect from you:
You will have a strong interest in and some knowledge of poetry and/or social media sites (including Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) and creative work on the web. You will have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Internet, good communication skills and an interest in user generated content or participation. You may have experience of posting to blogs and good online research skills. You will be prepared to commit 1.5 to 3 days a week
for a period of up to six months work.
How to Apply
To apply please complete the application form (above) and return it to:
By email: workplacement@southbankcentre.co.uk
By post:
Human Resources
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX.
Telephone: 020 7921 0641
Closing date for applications: Friday, 11th December 2009
Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday, 6th January 2010
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