Speech Bubble - Co-ordinator

Speech Bubble is LU Arts' poetry performance night, where professional poets perform alongside students, staff, and those participating in the night’s open-mic slot. LU Arts is now looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and organised student to be the new Speech Bubble Co-ordinator.

Role Description

In this role, you will take responsibility for the delivery of two Speech Bubble events, one of which will take place in December 2017 and the other in March 2018. You will be required to find new professional performance poets and invite them to perform during these events. Additionally, you will be required to recruit students to perform on the same bill and organise an open-mic slot for the night itself.

You will also be expected to promote the events both within the University and externally.  This will involve working with Design & Print to produce a range of printed publicity, as well as putting together a social media campaign.

For each event, you will work with the LSU’s tech crew to manage the venue and to ensure that the lighting, sound, layout, and any other venue-related features are sufficiently prepared.


You will not be expected to do all of this alone. You will be supported by the LU Arts team, as well as the School of the Arts, English and Drama’s creative writing team.

If you would like to take on this role in partnership with someone else, you may apply as a duo (note that the fee would then be split).


This is a fantastic opportunity for someone interested in poetry, or in exploring whether events and arts management is a potential career path. It is a great CV addition.

The reimbursement for delivering these two Speech Bubble events is £500. However, your main motivation should not be the money: it should be the opportunity to gain expert mentoring and hands-on experience, something all of the previous student organisers have benefitted from.  

Person Specification

- Knowledge and an interest in the arts, and spoken word/performance poetry in particular

- Has attended at least one Speech Bubble event in the past

- Experience promoting events through social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter)

- Excellent communication skills

- Willingness to approach others to encourage involvement and participation

- Organised, committed, and self-motivated

- Still a registered student at Loughborough University next academic year (2017-18)


If this sounds like you, please complete the application form and submit to luarts@lboro.ac.uk by 23:59 on Sunday, 28 May.

Each shortlisted candidate will be invited for an informal chat with the LU Arts team on Wednesday, 31 May.

Please feel free to email any questions to luarts@lboro.ac.uk, or drop by the new LU Arts office in Martin Hall on the ground floor.

Maggie Nash was one of the Speech Bubble Co-ordinators in 2015-16. Hear her speak about the experience in this video.


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK


01509 222 881