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Liz Berry and Mark Pajak: National Poetry Competition 40th anniversary Q&As

The National Poetry Competition is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a big poetry event at Kings Place, London on 20th March 2019, bringing together ten former winners of the prize. We’ve been speaking to some of the award-winning readers at that event – this week Liz Berry and Mark Pajak offer words of encouragement, and […]

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Stephen Sexton and Fran Lock: National Poetry Competition 40th anniversary Q&As

“Read books about embroidery or euchre or how telephones work, or about art history or about the art of art history,” offers Stephen Sexton. “Don’t become complicit in your own failure by not trying,” says Fran Lock. We’ve been speaking to a few of the ten poets who’ll be reading at the National Poetry Competition’s […]

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The Head That Wears A Crown: review by Asmaa Jama

Young Poets Network invited young poet Asmaa Jama to review The Emma Press’s latest anthology of poems about kings and queens, written for young people (age 8+). Read her review of this “clever and witty” historical book and discover how the poems within touch on mental health and the changing identity of the monarchy. The […]

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Mary Jean Chan and Caleb Parkin: National Poetry Competition 40th anniversary Q&As

Ahead of the National Poetry Competition’s 40th anniversary readings at Kings Place, London on 20th March 2019, we’ve been speaking to some of the ten poets featuring at the event, who have all been winners of the National Poetry Competition in the past. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing their insights into writing […]

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A suitably small history of Dog-Ear, the tiny bookmark magazine

How do you set up a magazine? Joe Hedinger tells us the history of Dog-Ear, a uniquely shaped print and online magazine run voluntarily from Norfolk. Pete (the designer) and I used to work together in the world of ad agencies (for our sins). One lunch time, I happened to wander past Pete’s desk and […]

Holly Hopkins stands at a podium in the purcell room of the southbank centre, london, in front of a slide saying 'and the air sang: 20 years of foyle young poets'

And the Air Sang: review by Em Power

Throughout 2018 we’ve been celebrating 20 years of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award and on 23 October we held a celebratory reading at Southbank Centre, London with ten former winners of the prize. We’re delighted to share Foyle Young Poet Em Power’s review of this special night. A murmuring crowd hovered by […]

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Climby, crawly and clever: the unexpected connection between snails and poetry

What do snails have in common with poems? After reading two snail poems on Twitter, Holly Singlehurst (a poet commended in the 2016 National Poetry Competition) realises how much we as poets can learn from our tiny trail-making friends. If you asked me only a few months ago what I thought about snails, their relevance […]

A Tangled Web: Tate Standage reviews The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson

Ahead of the Southbank Centre’s live reading of The Odyssey on 21 October, we’re delighted to have Foyle Young Poet Tate Standage review the first known complete translation of The Odyssey by a woman published in English. Read on to win free tickets and to explore the translation of this epic text with poet and […]