Professional Writer Educator/Facilitator

The ORNC is seeking a professional Writer Educator with experience working with young people to design & deliver a (poetry or prose) writing workshop in which local young people respond creatively to the content of our exhibition about six Black pensioners linked to the Greenwich Hospital for naval veterans.  

In keeping with the nature of this project, we are particularly inviting applications from individuals of Caribbean and/or African descent to develop and deliver these workshops. 

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is the iconic double-domed riverside centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. 
 
Once known as the Greenwich Hospital for Seamen, the site housed up to 2,700 sailors at a time! Worn out from a life at sea, injured and elderly mariners retired here. Some were of African and Caribbean origin, occasionally via slavery in the Americas.  
 
What kinds of experiences did they have as sailors, as Black men in the ranks of the British Navy, and as transplants to this part of London? 
 
What would it have been like to live in this place (so grand and yet quite crammed)? What is the legacy of those who lived and died here? We only know so much -- and we can use information plus our own knowledge to imagine, to make stories and poems which acknowledge and celebrate.  

Research & Development (4 days paid) will be necessary to familiarise yourself with the themes and topics covered in our recent exhibition, Black Greenwich Pensioners. The exhibition was co-curated by Black History and Maritime History expert S. I. Martin, author of Incomparable Words and Britain and the Slave Trade.  This exhibition is now closed; its content will be provided in digital (written and photographic) form. Facilitator will decide how best to reveal and communicate this content to participants.  

Other prevalent themes around our site are also ripe for exploration -- empire, trade, naval power, charity, science, maths, religious politics, monarchy... 

This program was severely delayed due to the outbreak Covid-19, so our timetable is quite tight:

Applications are due 18 May; interviews from 21 May, Facilitator appointed 4 June, workshops due to launch from 21st June! 

Please have a look at our website, particularly pages which refer to the Black Greenwich Pensioners exhibition.  
https://ornc.org/our-story/today/discover/bgp-online/ 

Do you feel inspired by these topics, and could you inspire others to engage with them? Can you deftly galvanize creativity, support literacy, and kindle interest in local cultural heritage, with young people (of all backgrounds)? 

 
Once the workshops are created and trialed, the sessions can be repeated with other schools and community groups, so there is great prospect of continued earning with a day rate applied to each subsequent delivery of the workshop.  
 
For a full brief and application instructions,  please email Kori Hutchinson, ORNC Community Outreach Manager, here:  khutchinson@ornc.org  

Please note: We take Safeguarding very seriously. Facilitator must have or acquire an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (with a check on lists) issued within the last 2 years. 

Date: 
04/05/2021 - 18/05/2021
Contact Name: 
Kori Hutchinson
Contact Email: 
khutchinson@ornc.org