Eloise Unerman named Barnsley Young Poet Laureate

Young Barnsley poet wins local accolade
Congratulations Eloise Unerman!

On 25th March, 19-year-old Eloise Unerman of Goldthorpe will be named Barnsley’s Young Poet Laureate in recognition of her ongoing literary achievements.

Eloise, who has attended Rotherham Young Writers since she was 14, has already achieved a huge amount of success including winning the Cuckoo Northern Writers Awards in 2017 and being young poet in residence for the Ledbury Poetry Festival earlier last year. Eloise has been apprentice poet for a while preparing for the role by writing poems inspired by Barnsley Museums’ collections and sites.

‘The exciting thing about poetry is that it’s a constantly evolving and changing art form, and it’s great that in Barnsley we have a new generation of poetry on the rise.” Ian McMillan

Visit Hear My Voice to book a place, and look out for a brilliant interview by Eloise with Ian McMillian posted after her appointment. 

About Young Poet Laureate, Eloise Unerman:
Eloise Unerman is a young writer from Goldthorpe, Barnsley who writes poetry and short stories, and is a member of the Hive Young Writers network and a recent new member of The Writing Squad development programme. She was awarded the Cuckoo Northern Writers Awards in 2017, and her poetry has won first prize in the young people’s categories of the Barnsley Hear My Voice competition 2017 and the Ledbury Poetry Competition 2017. She has since been awarded young poet in residence for the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018 where was was commissioned to write her first poem.

Eloise received a commendation in both Photofictions 2014 and Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 and she was shortlisted for the New Poets Prize 2016/17. She has been published in anthologies such as: Anthology of Young Poets (Paper Swans Press 2017), Introduction X (The Poetry Business 2017), and Foyle Young Poets of the Year Online Anthology (The Poetry Society 2018). Listen to her read at Ledbury here.

About the Poet Laureate, Ian McMillan:
Ian McMillan currently presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3. He also writes weekly columns for The Yorkshire Post and The Barnsley Chronicle.

Ian is Barnsley’s Poet Laureate and ambassador for Hear My Voice a Barnsley based programme of creative opportunities, activities and poetry-themed events, designed to engage, stimulate and inspire interest in the spoken and written word. Check out The Verb