Being poet-in-residence usually involves writing commissioned poems, engaging the public though workshops and on social media, and hosting performance events.
Dan led the Arts Programme for the National Trust and Spread the Word at Knole House, working with local young people to create writing and performances. As part of the residency, Dan wrote commissioned poems and engaged the public with poetry.
More info: www.spreadtheword.org.uk
Transport for London teamed up with London poets and M&C Saatchi to help make travelling around the capital better for everyone as part of the 'Travel Better London' campaign. Dan was Poet in Residence at Waterloo Station and a Pop-Up Poet around the network. He wrote poems on station walls, cut up poems from free papers, performed in busking spots on the Underground and hosted a slam at Liverpool Street Station.
More info: www.travelbetterlondon.tumblr.com
What happens when you lock two poets in Southbank Centre overnight to come up with 154 new poems? Using Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets as inspiration, Dan Simpson and Niall O’Sullivan write throughout the night as part of the Festival of Love.
More info: www.irontongueofmidnight.wordpress.com
Dan Simpson was poet-in-residence at Canterbury Roman Museum 2014-15. Dan walked from London to Canterbury following the Roman Road, visiting historical sites along the way and writing poems. He also ran creative writing workshops for adults, and turned all this material into a poetic audio tour of the Museum and pamphlet.
More info here: www.canterburyromanresident.wordpress.com