Bristish fashion designer and activist, Dame Vivienne Westwood and YOUYOU Mentoring, have joined forces to launch an exciting new project for aspiring young poets.

The partnership will give young people the opportunity to create the first-ever collection of Climate Revolution poems to help raise of climate change and the environment.

Dame Vivienne said: “I’m delighted to be supporting YOUYOU Mentoring and opportunities for young creatives, because the world needs poets.”

Brenda Ramsey, Founder of YOUYOU Mentoring said: “The collaborative project with Dame Vivienne is a fantastic opportunity for young poets to learn from one of the world’s most creative and truly original artists. This will give them a much-needed springboard to promote their talent at an early stage in their careers, which will be an invaluable and unforgettable experience.”

The partnership will give young people the opportunity to create the first-ever collection of Climate Revolution poems to help raise awareness of the plight of the planet.

The opportunity will be open to FIVE poets aged 17-21, who will take part in:

Bespoke Masterclasses led by contemporary poets and invited special guests to write and develop their climate poems. Poets will record their poems at The Premises solar-powered ‘A’ Studio in London and take part in a portrait shoot. The project will be documented in a film and will culminate in October with the poets performing for a celebrity audience at a special poetry reading hosted by Dame Vivienne at Keats House, the former home of poet John Keats.

The Climate Revolution Project is open to all poets aged 17-21 living in London. The application process is open from 20 May – 24 June 2013.

The Climate Revolution founded by Dame Vivienne Westwood encourages people to take action on climate change and to save our future by doing simple things in their daily lives that can make a difference, like signing a petition to Save the Arctic and the Rainforests and to limiting consumption; ‘buy less, choose well, make it last’.

The FIVE poets selected and their journey will be unfolded on the YOUYOU Mentoring, Climate Revolution Poetry Project facebook page and twitter. ‘Like’ their page and watch the promo video here.

Keep posted on all the latest news at @FollowWestwood, @youyoumentoring, @climate_rev.

Source: YOUYOU Mentoring

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