Project Partners

Arts Council England

PRINCIPAL FUNDER: Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. ACE support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.


SUPPORTING FUNDER: John Lyon's Charity gives grants to benefit children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in northwest London: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster. The Charity's main policy is to promote the life-chances of children and young people through education. The have generously supported “I know I wish I will” with a grant to extend our engagement programme to London secondary schools.

The Criterion Theatre TRUST

VENUE PARTNER: The Criterion Theatre is a 590 seat theatre in the heart of London’s West End that dates from 1874. The Criterion Trust is generously supporting the project through offering a fully funded hire of the theatre for the final 25 hour live-streamed poetry marathon. Click here to see a message of support from Stephen Fry, the Chair of the trustees.

Cheltenham Festivals, Gloucestershire

REGIONAL DELIVERY PARTNER: Cheltenham Festivals is a charity which feeds the human spirit. Its participation programmes reach out year-round and culminate at the town’s internationally-acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals.

Grimm & Co, Yorkshire

REGIONAL DELIVERY PARTNER: Grimm & Co is a Yorkshire charity, championing the writer in every young person (7-18) through the joyful discovery of stories.

METAL, Peterborough

REGIONAL DELIVERY PARTNER: Metal provides a welcoming, stimulating, and comfortable space for artists to create, show and make work in partnership with the wider communities of Peterborough.

Transported/Lincoln Uni, Boston College, Lincolnshire

REGIONAL DELIVERY PARTNER: Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities.

Writing on the Wall, Merseyside

REGIONAL DELIVERY PARTNER: WoW is a dynamic, Liverpool-based organisation which celebrates writing in all its forms through year-round writing development projects and an annual month-long literature festival.

Jacob Sam-La Rose

LEAD ARTIST: Jacob is a poet, facilitator and mentor and is widely recognised as an indefatigable supporter of young and emerging poets. Jacob is the is the lead artist on I know I wish I will, delivering training around the country to support spoken word educators and teachers to embed poetry within the classroom. Click here to see his message of support.

Melita Armitage

PROJECT EVALUATOR: Melita is an independent arts, culture and heritage consultant. She works with organisations that are socially engaged, connecting people to culture through projects that are relevant to communities and places, and that use the arts and heritage to make a difference.

National Youth Theatre

EVENT PARTNER: Founded in 1956, National Youth Theatre is a world leading youth arts charity which strives to empower young people to take centre stage in their lives. Each year NYT works to deliver thousands of free and affordable opportunities both onstage and backstage to young people aged 11-25 from all corners of the UK. We seek out the most diverse, the most talented and the most vulnerable through an active audition programme and community engagement to give unique, life-changing experiences working with some of the UK’s leading professional directors, writers, producers, designers and stage managers.

Shoreditch Digital Canvas

MEDIA PARTNER: The Shoreditch Digital Canvas in Old Street, London, seeks to provide a unique platform to encourage and inspire creativity within the media sector, as well as providing an opportunity to bring un-commissioned artworks to the street. A minimum of 20% of the display time is made available to a Curating Committee who will seek submissions of artworks primarily from locally based artists looking for increased exposure of their work, with the remaining use being creatively selected commercial advertising campaigns. They are offering the display space to the project in the month running up to the sharing.