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The Drought: a SLAMbassadors collaboration

Emmeline Armitage and Honey Birch, two SLAMbassadors 2017 champions, release new single ‘The Drought’. Poetry has always been close friends with music so this stunning new collaboration between SLAMbassador Emmeline Armitage and Cold Fire Award-winner Honey Birch makes perfect sense. The piece combines Armitage’s emotion-packed spoken word with Birch’s acoustic guitar and restrained sung refrains. […]

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“What can we do?”: using poetry to fight food poverty

Young Poets Network has teamed up with End Hunger UK to challenge writers aged 11-25 in the UK to respond to the crisis of food poverty. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by statistics, so we’ve asked poet and Teacher Trailblazer Fran Pridham about UK hunger and how poetry can make a difference. Winter. The alarm […]

In conversation with Matthew Francis

Giants in battle, a woman conjured from flowers, and a baby snatched by a hideous claw… Matthew Francis’ poetic retelling of the Mabinogi, the Welsh national epic, has wowed readers and recently been shortlisted for the 2017 Ted Hughes Award. Casia Wiliam, Welsh Children’s Laureate and judge of Young Poets Network’s End Hunger UK challenge, […]

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open for entries! We are so excited to launch the competition for its 20th year. You can enter the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award online or by post now – more details on the website. The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the […]

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“I dream”: a crowd-sourced poem with lines by Young Poets Networkers

On the weekend of 9-11 March 2018, The Poetry Society took part in BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead – a weekend of events examining the fast-changing relationship between the individual and the crowd. We asked individual subscribers to the Young Poets Network ebulletin to contribute to a crowd-sourced poem specially written for the […]

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 […]