News | May 2016

The Poetry Archive is Looking to Appoint a New Director

At the end of its first decade, the Archive has grown into a much-loved resource of truly international significance, welcoming over 1.7 million visitors yearly, and featuring recordings of poems by over 500 poets.

At this stage, both founding directors feel that it is time for a new leader to take over the reins and guide the Archive forward into its next decade.

The Poetry Archive is now looking to recruit a new Director to take over the leadership of the organisation in autumn 2016.

Both founders will continue to work within the organisation. Andrew Motion will continue to guide the Archive’s artistic programme while Richard Carrington will continue to take charge of the Archive’s recording programme, producing most of its new recordings in the studio.

Andrew Motion says Since we first began thinking about The Poetry Archive in 1999, Richard Carrington and I have always acted on the principle that good things stay good by being open to change - and ten years after launching the site we’re being true to our word. While we’ll both continue to be closely involved in the Archive, the appointment of a new Director means things will be invigorated by new ideas and new energy. I greatly look forward to this next phase of our existence: we feel that we’ve achieved a lot for poetry in the last decade, but a lot remains to be done.

Richard Carrington adds “I have hugely enjoyed being involved with the creation of the Archive during the last 15 years and am very proud of what we have achieved in that time. The British Library has recently designated The Poetry Archive “a vital heritage resource” – confirmation of the profound value of the project. I’m very pleased indeed that I will continue to run the Archive’s recording programme, returning to the skills I brought to the Archive in the beginning.”

This is an important period of transition for The Poetry Archive. Last year saw the poet Jean Sprackland stepping into the role of Chair of Trustees, succeeding Gary McKeone, who stepped down after holding the position for 9 years. It also saw the addition of two new full-time posts, an Operations Manager and a Marketing & Development Manager, both of whom have brought new skills and strengths to the organisation.

For details about the role and how to apply please visit our vacancies page.


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