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Calling all student poets: Get paid to write and record a campus poem for a special audio poetry walk

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), LU Arts are looking for students who are interested in writing and recording a poem to be featured on a special audio poetry walk which will be available to download.

Whether it’s a specific building, experience of a place, the sports fields or even your hall of residence, we want to hear from you. You’ll also be paid £50 if selected.

LU Arts will be commissioning 8-10 poems to form the walk, which will encourage people to explore the campus and take up outdoor activity to support their mental health. Although the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Nature’, the poems don’t need to be related to this. They can be about the architecture and the emotional response it has on you, or it could be a person or group of people who occupy a particular place.

The poems will be available via Overhear app which pinpoints your poem on a map and allows users to listen to it within that location.

How can I get involved?

To be considered, please email an expression of interest to Nick Slater at with at least one example of a poem you have previously written, and an idea of the location on campus you’d like to write a poem about.

If selected, you will then need to record yourself reading it and send an MP3 file of the recording that can be uploaded to the app.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Wednesday 18 April. Students who are selected must submit their poem by Friday 7 May.

Poetry workshop

On Monday 3 May at 7pm, LU Arts will be running a special online workshop for all students led by two poets who founded Overhear. The workshop will help with poetry writing skills and is a chance to ask any practical questions about recording/uploading the poem. Booking information will be available soon.


  1. The poetry walk is for our East Midlands campus. London students may apply but the commissioned poems must be for a location on the East Midlands campus, so knowledge of this campus is essential.
  2. This opportunity is only open to current Loughborough University students (including UG, PGT and PGR).