This is the site for the Cambridge Bard initiative – the search for a Voice for Cambridge.
The role of the town Bard is to create and perform original pieces, attend and support local events and annual festival and to celebrate the customs and achievements of the town and its people. The Bard of Cambridge is the voice for the people, and holds the position for roughly a year; their final duty is to pass on the title and oversee the inauguration of their successor. The ‘Chairing’ ceremony to install the new Bard forms the culmination of the In Other Words Festival. The Bard for 2017-18 is Glenys Newton; find out all about her and the very first Bard, Marion Leeper, on our Cambridge Bards pages.
Any word weaver (poet, storyteller, comedian, dramatists, singer/songwriter) with a voice and the power to use it can apply to be Bard. The election of a new Bard is through the Bardic Trials, an open competition before a live audience and a panel of carefully selected judges. The judges and the trials aim to represent the different aspects of Cambridge and what it means to be a weaver of words. If you might be interested in competing to be Bard in a future year, take a look at What’s a Bard?, and then watch out for the opening of applications next year!