Word of Colour

Young People’s Laureate

Words of Colour has been the communications delivery partner for Spread the Word’s Young People’s Laureate for London programme since 2016. Funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, we assisted with its transition from its Young Poet Laureate scheme. Building on the work of previous laureates, Warsan Shire, Aisling Fahey and Selina Nwulu, the Young People’s Laureate programme was launched in October 2016 with Caleb Femi as the first poet in the role. The current laureate is Momtaza Mehri.

The programme marks a major expansion of Spread the Word’s youth engagement work. The Laureate will work to raise the visibility of poetry in the capital, nationally and internationally; engage and inspire London’s young people with poetry through the issues that affect them and support the development of London’s talented young poets through initiatives such as the Young People’s PoetryLab and Young People’s Laureate Tour.  

You can find out more about the programme here.

Spread the Word has worked with Words of Colour over a number of years, with a particular focus on supporting our work on diversity in the UK publishing industry and strategic programmes. Words of Colour were instrumental in helping us shape, deliver and communicate our Writing the Future report (2015) to the publishing sector and beyond. Their communications expertise and experience of working with and for diverse writers, enabled us to achieve both high profile and traction with the report, which continues to provide an invaluable evidence base the diversity initiatives now occurring within the sector. We continue to work with Words of Colour on our Young People’s Laureate and City of Stories programmes. Acting as our communications partner, they provide expert advice and added capacity. We value Words of Colour’s knowledge, experience, expertise and insight, and their commitment to helping us to achieve our mission of supporting diverse writing talent.

Ruth Harrison, Director, Spread the Word