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Work with us: Copywriter

“You are not awarded the honour for what you are but rather by convincing the panel of what you will become. The distance between where you are and where you want to be – that’s what wins it.”

Alan Lane, Director of Slung Low
In conversation as part for the 2014 #Leeds2023 consultation

  1. Brief

Leeds City Council is seeking to appoint a professional writer to support Leeds 2023 Independent Steering Group to submit a strong and compelling bid to be European Capital of Culture.

We are looking for a professional copywriter with experience in developing compelling and persuasive narratives who is comfortable and skilled in working as part of a team.

We are asking you to give our work one voice and the clarity we need to impress and convince a panel of European judges of our story.

You will draft the text of the bid document by re-writing and editing content provided by the Leeds 2023 Bid Team, in answer to the bid questions set by the European Commission.

The final bid document will be easy to read and uncluttered with a focus on legibility and nothing that could serve to distract the judges from our brilliant plans. Although fluent, the majority of the judging panel have English as a second language.

The Leeds 2023 team will submit a first-stage bid by 27th October 2017. We are flexible to negotiate your start date and work pattern, however, we you must be available to start work with us no later than 15th June 2017 and able to work on the majority of the bid writing in July, August and early September.

  1. Background

The European Capital of Culture competition is an international competition designed by the European Union to promote European citizenship and in-crease our understanding of world issues through culture and the arts.

Each year two or three European countries host the title. In 2023, a UK city and a Hungarian city will become hosts. On 27th October 2017, several UK cities are expected to submit written bids to a panel of European judges, competing against each other to win the title of European Capital of Culture 2023.

Only by submitting a strong and compelling bid can Leeds make it onto the shortlist.

Leeds is working with the surrounding region and partners from across the North, Europe and the world, to develop an artistic programme for the bid that is reflective of Leeds and the many cultures calling the city their home. In addition to a year-long cultural celebration our bid seeks to be truly transformational for the city.

“It’s our intention to ensure that this is a bid that belongs to the people of Leeds and which properly communicates how vibrant and diverse our different communities and cultural institutions are.”

Sharon Watson, Chair, Leeds 2023 Steering Group

  1. Further Information

For further information and receive a full copy of this brief please contact hello@leeds2023.co.uk or call 0113 37 87909.

The closing date for expressions of interest is midnight 12th May 2017

Press Contact

Leanne Buchan

0113 378 7908