Public Sector Poetry Journal offers an opportunity for those working in Education, Health and Social Care to explore their sectors and enlighten the public through poetry.
We want to publish poetry about the people, challenges, frustrations, joys, heartbreak and rewards of life working in the public sector.
Submissions are welcomed from all public sector poets, regardless of experience.
There will be 2 online journals produced each year.
We hope that public sector workers will discover new work and that this site will provide an audience for new work and a platform for new artists.
Each issue of the journal will be accompanied by a launch event, providing poets the opportunity to read and perform their work, or (if this seems a bit overwhelming) for poets to direct a performer to present the work .
This project connects those working in Education, Health and Social Care roles who want to explore and share their experiences through the use of poetry.
You may be currently working in the sector, or you may have left or retired. You may be a volunteer or on a placement. Whatever your role or experience, we are keen to hear your stories.
Primarily aimed at writers from the East Midlands, the project also welcomes submissions from throughout the U.K.
Writers can also collaborate and support one another with writing and editing through a series of online workshops and events across the East Midlands, (to be announced).
This project will provide an insight into working in Education, Health and Social Care, providing a powerful tool for advocacy and change.
The stories told here will contribute to a better understanding of the experiences of public sector workers, and be shared widely to evidence how essential this work is.
Each submitted poem will contribute to a bank of qualitative data for research purposes (following BERA (2018) guidelines and GDPR guidelines to ensure anonymity and confidentiality).
Korrin is a Senior Lecturer at University of Northampton, working in the Education, Health and Society Faculty. Her background is in Education, and she has worked in a range of roles and schools, specialising in Special Needs and working with students who have been excluded.
Korrin was previously Head of Education at The Poetry Society; has performed her poetry at festivals, and been published in various journals. She recently won the Regional Award for Writing East Midlands' Aurora Prize for Poetry 2021.
Korrin is founder of Public Sector Poetry, funded by Arts Council England, who are also supporting her to write her first collection this year.
Casey is a writer, performer and educator, born and raised in Nechells, Birmingham, UK.
Casey is the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020 - 2022 and the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020.
Casey’s second full poetry collection Please Do Not Touch was published by Burning Eye in 2021. His first full collection Adjusted was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2018.
Casey is also an Assistant Headteacher and dedicated to reducing inequality and disadvantage for young people; his contribution as a dedicated member of his local community was recognised last year, when he was named by the Birmingham Mail on their 30 Under 30 list of the most influential young people in the City .
Molly is currently working at St George's Hospital, London as a cardiac nurse specialist.
In April 2013 she achieved national recognition after performing her poem Nursing the Nation at the Royal College of Nursing.
Molly has performed her poetry up and down the country, across Europe, and at Glastonbury Festival. Her debut collection of poetry, Underneath the Roses Where I Remembered Everything was out in 2015 with Burning Eye Books, and Viking published her 2019 memoir entitled How to Treat People, drawing on her time working in the NHS.