Region of Readers featured poet Vanessa Kisuule has been announced as Bristol City Poet
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Vanessa Kisuule, Bristol based poet and spoken-word artist has been appointed Bristol City poet.
Kisuule will follow in the footsteps of Bristol’s first City poet Miles Chambers when she is officially appointed to the role at Bristol Festival of Ideas in May.
A statement from the panel who picked Kisuule – Bristol mayor Marvin Rees and his policy assistant Annabel Smith; Bristol Festival of Ideas’ Andrew Kelly, Amy O’Beirne and Zoe Steadman-Milne; and Chambers – said she was selected “due to her unique artistic voice and experience of working and interacting with local communities in Bristol”.
Kisuule’s role of City Poet will see her composing 10 poems over the course of the two-year role, and attending special events and community engagement activities.
She said: “I believe poetry can start conversations and preserve important stories so I can’t wait to engage with a multitude of Bristol residents with poetry through this post.”
Watch Vanessa's 'Personal Malleable Manifesto':
We wish Vanessa the best of luck.
Why not find out more about her second poetry collection, A Recipe for Sorcery – a Region of Readers recommended read – and request a copy from your local library?