Become a Reviewer in Residence at Inpress Books

Cuckoo Young Writers and Inpress Books are excited to be buddying up to offer a unique Reviewers in Residence scheme in 2016.

Inpress is the UK’s specialist in promoting and selling books produced by independent publishers, and this unique programme will offer young people (aged 15-23) a behind-the-scenes peak into the publishing industry, a chance to hone your books reviewing skills and the chance to join Inpress at big publishing industry events in London, such as The London Book Fair and their very own Festival of Publishing.

We’re looking for up to 10 young people (aged 15-23) who are interested in writing about books and the publishing industry to take part. From those 10, we will select 3 lucky people to take part in the London events!

What will being a Reviewer in Residence at Inpress involve?

All Reviewers in Residence will:

  • Participate in a poetry reviewing masterclass with a top writer
  • Participate in a “writing about books” workshop
  • Get to know the Inpress team and learn loads about independent publishing
  • Have access to LOADS of Inpress books to review
  • Get their writing published on the Inpress website and Cuckoo Review
  • Have the opportunity to spend time in the Inpress office and to be “buddied” with an independent publisher
  • Access to events and poets at T-junction Poetry Festival in Middlesbrough to review and interview poets and poetry events

The three reviewers selected will attend both the Festival of Publishing in London (29 January 2016) and a day at The London Book Fair (12-14 April 2016) and will get free access to events, the opportunity to interview/ review and to hang out with the Inpress team!

If you are selected to attend the London events, your travel costs and accommodation will be covered by us. We can only consider young people aged 16+ for this part of the programme.

Key Dates

Please ensure you are available for the following key dates:

Friday 22 January 2016 (evening): Briefing for those traveling to London
28- 29 January 2016: Festival of Publishing (London)
Thursday 11 February 2016 (evening): Introduction session (whole group)
Saturday 20 February 2016: Poetry reviewing masterclass
12-14 April 2016: The London Book Fair Poetry Pavilion
14-17 April 2016: T-junction Poetry Festival (Middlesbrough)
Wednesday 27 April 2016 (evening): Feedback session

How do I apply?

Easy- you just fill in this online form:

You’ll be asked for your details, to tell us why you’d like to take part and to tell us about your favourite book.

Please note: this programme is open to young people aged 15-23 based in the North of England. This could mean you are from the North of England (and still have links to the North- for example, a parent/ guardian living here) or you are living or studying in the North of England.

The deadline for applications is 18 January 2016.

If you have any questions or queries about the programme or how to apply, just email or phone 0191 204 8851.