About Rommi

Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright. She has held numerous prestigious international residencies for organisations ranging from the British Council, to the BBC; The Florence Nightingale Museum to The Houses of Parliament. BBC Poet in Residence for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Poet in Residence for BBC Music Live, Rommi has written and performed extensively across BBC Radio. Awarded commissions for programmes including: From Fact to Fiction; BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama; Poetry Please, Late Junction; The Verb and Woman’s Hour, Rommi’s contribution to Woman’s Hour was a selected feature for Weekend Woman’s Hour.

Appointed Parliamentary Writer in Residence, Rommi’s appointment was the first of its kind in both British and Parliamentary history. Inaugural Poet in Residence at Keats’ House, London [former home, now museum, celebrating the life of Romantic poet, John Keats], Rommi also served as British Council Poet in Residence at California State University, Los Angeles. Whilst in residence, she directed brand new theatre about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in collaboration with English Masters’ students and the University’s Jazz Orchestra.

Recipient of playwrighting commissions from companies ranging from Paines Plough to Pentabus, her play Mountain Knows Me received a Southbank Show Award nomination, as part of White Open Spaces. White Open Spaces was co-commissioned by BBC Radio and Pentabus, with broadcasts on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and performances at Edinburgh Festival, before a European tour.

Rommi teaches creative writing for a wealth of organisations and institutions, including: The International Schools’ Theatre Association; The Arvon Foundation and The Poetry School. Rommi mentored Theatre Masters’ students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Featured in the multi-award-winning documentary film, We Are Poets, Rommi was poet coach to the film’s young poets in their lead up to competing at Brave New Voices poetry slam championships, in the US. Brave New Voices is widely recognised as the biggest and most prestigious poetry slam championships in the world.

Rommi is delighted to have acted as a consultant/advisor to Yemeni civil rights campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tawakul Karman, during preparations for her speech to Parliament. Awarded a prestigious Hedgebrook Fellowship in the United States, Rommi is a grateful recipient of the Elizabeth George Award.  Awarded a scholarship, this year, Rommi begins a PhD by practice, in celebration of the politics of Jazz and Blues.

What people say

Benjamin Zephaniah

‘There is a place where the musical, the political, the spiritual and the beautiful come together and it is here’

Lemn Sissay

‘Spirit. Takin’ it to the edge. Sunrise . Sunset. Rommi Smith got thunderstorm in her hands. Painting pictures with her voice…waking the landscape .’

Shing (workshop participant)

‘Thank you for helping me colour in my outline”

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Workshops

Rommi Smith is a qualified teacher and experienced workshop leader, with over sixteen years’ experience teaching creative writing from nursery to university level. Creator of bespoke creative writing experiences, Rommi tailors creative writing workshops and events for a wealth of festivals, groups, organisations and institutions, including: The Writing Squad, The International Schools’ Theatre Association; Arvon and The Poetry School. More info

Residencies & commissions

Rommi has held numerous prestigious international residencies for organisations ranging from the British Council, to the BBC; The Florence Nightingale Museum to The Houses of Parliament. Rommi is both the inaugural Parliamentary Writer in Residence and Inaugural Poet in Residence for Keats’ House. Rommi was awarded a prestigious Hedgebrook Fellowship in the US and is a grateful recipient of the Elizabeth George Award. Rommi is currently working on commissions for BBC Radio 3, The London Metroplitan Archive and The Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre, inspired by works from The Arts Council Collection. More info

Performances, Projects & Publications

Rommi has written and performed extensively across BBC Radio. Awarded commissions for programmes including: From Fact to Fiction; BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama; Poetry Please, Late Junction; The Verb and Woman’s Hour, Rommi’s contribution to Woman’s Hour was a selected feature for Weekend Woman’s Hour. More info

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Rommi Smith and ‘Cole, Molloy and Smith’ on the BBC

Rommi Smith and ‘Cole, Molloy and Smith’ on the BBC

In a special commission for The Verb, the poet Rommi Smith has written a poem responding to a black and white image of the singer […]

The Rugby World Cup – Collective Endeavour: a collaboration with Tangled Feet

The Rugby World Cup – Collective Endeavour: a collaboration with Tangled Feet

So excited to be working with Tangled Feet on the project Collective Endeavour. Part of The Rugby World Cup 2015 celebrations, the piece explores the […]

Collective Endeavour Dress Run Tonight

Collective Endeavour Dress Run Tonight

It’s all coming together…. great to see the fluorescent lights of the stage against the darkening sky. – and the jigsaw pieces of this project […]

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Just sixteen hours until the premiere of Collective Endeavour. Proud to have written the text for this piece. It will be performed by Northern Broadsides’ […]

Friday 16th October 2015 @ 7.30 p.m. Light Night Sheffield: Premiere of Ruskin Film Poems

Starts at 7:30PM Ends at 10:00PM Upper Chapel Norfolk Street S1 2LG Two original poems by award winning poets Tony Walsh and Rommi Smith have […]

Reading with Don Paterson: Saturday 17th October 2015 @ 2.30 p.m. Halle, Manchester

Don Paterson & Rommi Smith Poets & Players 17 OCT 2015: Saturday: 2.30 p.m. Hallé St. Peter’s40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF Tickets are free but booking […]

Sunday 18th October 2015 @ 4.00 p.m. Putting Poetry In the Frame: Ilkley Literature Festival 2015

Poet and Playwright Rommi Smith, curator Nigel Walsh (Leeds Art Gallery) and Ilkley Literature Festival Director Rachel Feldberg, discuss their involvement in the innovative Creative […]

Outside the Frame: Sunday 18th October 2015 @ 4.00 P.M.

Poet and Playwright Rommi Smith, curator Nigel Walsh (Leeds Art Gallery) and Ilkley Literature Festival Director Rachel Feldberg, discuss their involvement in the innovative Creative […]

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