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Poet-in-Residence to Celebrate Inspirational Essex Women

19 March 2018

Female factory worker

Essex County Council’s Snapping the Stiletto Project is commissioning a Poet-in-Residence to write a series of poems highlighting stories of inspirational Essex Women from the past 100 years. 

‘Snapping the Stiletto’ is a county-wide project, which has been launched by Essex County Council’s Cultural Development department. 

It aims to reveal the currently hidden and overlooked stories of women who have lived in the county and investigate how women’s rights, roles and opportunities have changed since the first women gained the vote in 1918. 

It also aims to dispel the negative stereotype of ‘Essex Girls’ by highlighting the lives and achievements of Strong Essex Women.  

The Poet-in-Residence will write four new poems, inspired by objects in museums across the county, and run writing workshops during the summer. 

Details about the residency, and how to apply, can be found at:

The deadline for applications is Thursday 22 March at 23:59pm.

The Essex County Council Cultural Development Department has received a grant for £95,445 from the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund to deliver the Snapping the Stiletto project in partnership with museums across the county, Essex Record Office and the University of Essex. 

The Poet-in-Residence opportunity has received an additional £900 funding from SHARE Museums East.

Susan Barker, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customer said, “Essex women have played a vital role throughout history, and this has only grown more significantly over the last century. 

“We are delighted to commission a Poet-in-Residence to write poems which highlight the stories of inspirational women in Essex. The residency is a fantastic opportunity to discover stories from our local heritage. I look forward to hearing the poems and learning about the new stories of women in Essex which are uncovered by the Snapping the Stiletto project.”

For more information about the ‘Snapping the Stiletto’ project, please contact or visit and follow @snapthestiletto on Twitter.