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Social Media for Poets

17 November @ 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

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How can social media be of benefit to poets? Should poets be on social media – and which channel is right for me?

Poets Katrina Naomi, Miriam Nash and Jacob Sam-La Rose will discuss how poets use (or could use) social media in this session chaired by Rishi Dastidar, poet and editor. The panellists will share tips and reflect on the current challenges and issues of social media for poets. There will be a short intro from Nadia Bonini, Secretary of the Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG).


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Nadia Bonini with ‘Social Media for Poets’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.

This session is in conjunction with our Poetry and Spoken Word Group. Find out more about the group here


This session will cover

  • Choosing your social media platforms
  • How to set up/improve your social media
  • How to manage your social media professionally
  • Challenges and issues of social media for poets
  • Protecting your mental health.


Who is this session for?

This session is ideal for all poets looking to improve their use of social media to establish their online author presence.


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The line-up

Rishi Dastidar (Chair) – Poet, editor

Rishi Dastidar is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and chair of writer development organization Spread the Word. A poem from his debut collection Ticker-tape was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A pamphlet, the break of a wave, was published by Offord Road Books in 2019, and he is also editor of The Craft: A Guide to Making Poetry Happen in the 21st Century (Nine Arches Press). His second collection, Saffron Jack, is published in the UK by Nine Arches Press.
Twitter: @Rishi Dastidar 


Katrina Naomi – Poet

Katrina Naomi received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors for her third full collection, Wild Persistence, (Seren, June 2020). Katrina has published four pamphlets of poetry, including the Japan-themed Typhoon Etiquette (Verve Poetry Press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared on Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry Please, and on Poems on the Underground. Katrina was the first poet-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prize for Poetry. She has a PhD in creative writing (Goldsmiths) and tutors for Arvon, Tŷ Newydd and the Poetry School. She lives in Cornwall.
Website: www.katrinanaomi.co.uk | Twitter: @KatrinaNaomi


Miriam Nash – Poet, performer and educator

Miriam Nash is a poet, performer and educator. Her collection of poems All the Prayers in the House(Bloodaxe Books, 2017) won a Somerset Maugham Award (2018) and an Eric Gregory Award (2015) from the Society of Authors and was runner-up for the Edwin Morgan Award (2016). Her latest book, The Nine Mothers of Heimdallr (Hercules Editions, 2020) is a giant, matriarchal re-telling of the Norse creation myth. She performs and teaches internationally, supporting children and adults to find confidence in their creativity. 
Website: www.miriamnash.com | Twitter: @miriamnash


 Jacob Sam-La Rose – Poet

Jacob Sam-La Rose’s writing has been translated into Portuguese, Latvian, French and Dutch, and his poetry collection Breaking Silence is studied at A’ level. As an artistic director, editor and educator, he’s invested in supporting students, teachers, emerging professionals and more established writers with creative expression. For over 20 years, Sam-La Rose has devised and delivered creative development initiatives both independently and in partnership with cultural institutions and literature development agencies, nationally and internationally. For 2020, Sam-La Rose is a poetry professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, poet-in-residence for English Heritage, and directs the Barbican Young Poets programme.
Website: www.jacobsamlarose.com | Twitter: @jsamlarose


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17 November
14:00 - 15:00 GMT
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