Ten Poetry Resolutions for 2018

The New Year is nearly upon us and we’re hoping to start the next twelve months with some good poetry habits. So we’ve put together a list of ideas, helped by those who answered our callout on Twitter, and overflowing with links to Young Poets Network resources you might not know about. Delve in! A […]

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“Words are an uprising”: SLAMbassadors 2017 National Final, 19 November 2017

We invited Neha Singh, a winner of SLAMbassadors 2016, to cover last weekend’s SLAMbassadors 2017 National Final. She talks to the winners and reflects on what it was like to meet the next generation of SLAMbassadors a year on from her own celebration. Watch their winning entries by clicking the links in the sidebar on […]

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In Conversation with Travis Alabanza: We Have Already Re-made All the Rules

Poet Mary Jean Chan interviews Travis Alabanza, a queer Black British interdisciplinary artist and author of Before I Step Outside [You Love Me]. Travis talks about their book, their aesthetic, and their experience of harassment and tokenisation, while also recommending some top artists and offering advice to young queer poets. Thank you for taking the time […]

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SLAMbassadors 2017 winners announced

A huge thank you to everyone who entered SLAMbassadors this year! The judges, poet, playwright and editor Sabrina Mahfouz; SLAMbassadors Artistic Director Joelle Taylor; and The Poetry Society’s Education Manager Nazmia Jamal were impressed by the number of entries from across the country and had a difficult job selecting winners as the quality of this […]

In conversation with Melz

Former Foyle Young Poet Ruby Mason interviews poet, grime MC, rapper, and academic Melz, whose work aims to decolonise the British curriculum. They talk about up-and-coming British poets, the role of art in politics, and her experiences as a student and Leeds’ Education Officer. You have been described as a rapper, a grime artist, and […]

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I Did It Too by Deanna Rodger: a review by Cia Mangat

Cia Mangat reviews I Did It Too, the debut poetry collection by spoken word artist and SLAMbassadors coach Deanna Rodger. I Did It Too is a collection of admittance, declares Deanna Rodger in the preface of her debut collection, published by Burning Eye this summer. She repeats this at the launch, and the idea reappears countless […]

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BSL Slam: in conversation with Pazbi Zavatzki

In June 2017, London hosted the first ever poetry slam in British Sign Language. Pazbi Zavatzki is behind BSL Slam. He describes that first exciting event, offers advice to budding slammers, and explains why the rich language of BSL can’t be translated into English. Thank you for talking to us about your work on BSL […]

BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017 Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017. Run by the BBC Proms in association with The Poetry Society, the competition asks entrants to submit a poem about a piece of music in that year’s Proms season. There are two categories: 12-18 years old, and 19+. Excitingly, all three winners in the […]

Young Reviewers @ the Edinburgh Fringe: review of ​Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Every year Voice Mag sends a team of young reviewers to the Edinburgh Fringe. Sally Trivett shares with us her review of Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret, an inclusive space for regular and guest performers to express themselves. ★★★★ Founded as a safe space for marginalised poets often left out of mainstream performances, Other Voices […]