Introducing Charley Genever - Get involved with Emerge

Posted by Leonie Harris

Introducing Charley Genever - Get involved with Emerge

Interested in getting involved in the Emerge project? Want to find out more about the artists associated with the Boston lab? Then read on...

Charley Genever is best known as Peterborough Poet Laureate 2016. At 24, she is the youngest poet to have been awarded the title, and so far she has worked with and performed for Verve Poetry Festival, Cambridge Junction, Apples and Snakes, The Poetry Society and Southbank Centre. In April 2016 she performed in the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall at the finals of Poetry Rivals 2015. Now 25 and living and working from Peterborough, she's a team captain at 'Write Club' alongside Mark Grist, and produces quarterly spoken word night ‘Freak Speak’, which has been featured on Picador's Books list of 'Best UK Spoken Word Nights'. Her first poetry collection, 'Unsexed', was realised in May 2017 (BX3).

Some words from Charley...

"I think people should get involved because I have first hand experience of the power that projects like Emerge can have. I'm a product of an opportunity just like this one, and I'm able to live a bit like a rock star with a wicked career and stand on stages across the country because I took a chance and applied for something aimed at young people. At the time I didn't think I was good enough, and I didn't know if it would be a cool experience or if it would lead anywhere, and I was curious and scared. Ultimately I just wanted to make some friends who were as creative as me. If this sounds like you, if you're even reading this, then my guess is you're curious enough to want to come along, so do it. The beautiful thing about the Emerge project is that we want you for you; your talents, your interests and your voice. Life is a stage anyway, I'm just here to put the stairs in and work the curtains."

Charley will be working in the Boston area in partnership with Transported, if you'd like to get involved please sign up by emailing

Dates and location info to follow... please check back.

If you'd like to find out more about Charley's work visit her website, check out her quarterly spoken word night 'Freak Speak' or follow her on Twitter @charleyfarleyha