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The Rialto poetry magazine to train editors of the future

  • Date: 2 February 2012
  • Area: National, South East

Norfolk-based poetry magazine The Rialto will help inspire and develop editors of the future with support from Arts Council England.

The magazine was recently awarded National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts totalling £90,000 over three years to finance an Editor Development Programme and other initiatives aimed at organisation resilience and innovation.

Grants for the arts is Arts Council England's open application funding programme. It supports activities that engage people in the arts and helps artists and arts organisations to carry out their work.

The magazine's editor Michael Mackmin is widely recognized as one of the world's leading poetry editors. As part of the Editor Development Programme, four aspiring editors will have the rare opportunity to work alongside him, getting valuable training and mentoring.

Helen Mitchell, The Rialto's Development and Special Projects Director said:

'Michael Mackmin reads some 12,000 poems a year to find 180 to publish in The Rialto. With the explosion in self and online publishing, it's more important than ever for there to be good editors sifting through, finding and promoting the best poetry. To our knowledge this is the only programme looking to invest in the editors of the future.'

The Rialto will also be establishing an advisory board to support its work, exploring e-publishing and developing a new partnership with nearby Arts Council funded organisation Writers' Centre Norwich.

Helen Lax, Regional Director, Arts Council England said:

'Since its inception in 1984, The Rialto has upheld its reputation for artistic excellence producing a well-respected national poetry magazine with a loyal and wide-ranging readership.

'This Grants for the arts award will help to move the magazine into a new era, enabling both organisational and artistic development. It will support the team to pioneer new digital approaches to increasing engagement with poets and readers, helping more people to experience high-quality writing.'

The Rialto costs £7.50 for a single issue or £19 for a year's subscription and is available from the website or from The Bookhive on London Street in Norwich.

For more information on Grants for the arts go to the funding section of our website.