Writer in residence joins Barber Institute

The Barber Institute is delighted to announce that Jacqui Rowe will be its new Writer-in-Residence.

An alumna of the University of Birmingham, Jacqui is an accomplished poet, writer and visual artist. Her work has appeared in Mslexia, The Interpreter’s House, Smith’s Knoll, Poetry Review, Reactions 2 and 3 and many other publications. In 2012, she won the Black Country Living Museum’s poetry competition with her poem, Airfix. Her published collections include Blue, Apollinaire (translations and recreations from French), and Paint - poems inspired by Wightwick Manor.

In addition to her poetry, Jacqui is a trained screenwriter, and also writes fiction for young people. Jacqui is very active in performing and promoting live literature at spoken-word events. As an independent producer, she hosts and programmes Poetry Bites, a regular event featuring readings by leading poets. Jacqui’s record of leading workshops is extensive, and includes the Ledbury Festival, after which she set up Making Poetry, a Birmingham-based organisation offering a of programme of poetry workshops. She has also run regular poetry surgeries for Birmingham Libraries and Northfield Arts Forum. She is a tutor for the Poetry School and poetry editor for the Writers’ Workshop.

Jacqui has mentored, among many others, a Birmingham Poet Laureate and a Foyle Young Poet of the Year. She is one of a very small number of poets to have been trained by John Killick, an internationally renowned authority on using the poetry with dementia, and she works regularly as a poet in care homes.

You can learn more about Jacqui by visiting www.jacquirowe.com or http://barber.org.uk/.