foyle young poets of the year award 2019

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019, for poems by writers aged 11-17, is open for entries – but closing soon! Now in its 21st year, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world. It’s free to enter and poems can […]

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Get feedback on your poem with Caroline Bird!

Young Poets Network launches an exciting new feedback programme… Have you written a poem that you’d like to show someone else? Are you wondering which bits of your poetry are working, and which bits aren’t? Do you want a professional poet’s opinion on your work? We’ve got just the thing for you! Young Poets Network […]

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“Everybody should write”: in conversation with Rupi Kaur

If you’re into poetry, you might have heard of Rupi Kaur. With over 3.6 million Instagram followers, she’s one of the best known ‘Instapoets’ – her debut collection milk and honey, which she originally self-published, sold more than 3.5 million copies, was on The New York Times Best Seller List for over 77 weeks, and […]

‘Today’ by Lola Koundakjian – transliterated!

We’ve teamed up with Modern Poetry in Translation to challenge young poets to translate the poem ‘Today’ by the Armenian poet Lola Koundakjian into English! How? Foyle Young Poet Adham Smart has provided us with a bridge translation, and below he has transliterated the poem to help you get a feel for the sound of it. Find […]

Aliyah Begum

In conversation with the Birmingham (Young) Poet Laureates

Foyle Young Poets are running Birmingham! From 2018-2020, 16-year-old Aliyah Begum is Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate, and Richard O’Brien is the adult laureate. How do you become a poet laureate? What does a young poet laureate do, and how does it compare to the adult laureate role? We’ve been finding out… Thanks so much for […]

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Borderlines: young poets respond to borders

On 29 March 2019, the date on which the UK was expected to leave the EU, fourteen centres from across Europe organised simultaneous gigs showcasing the responses of young poets to the theme of borders. Spoken word legend Joelle Taylor and Bristol-based arts organisation boomsatsuma are behind the Borderlines project, bringing young people across Europe […]

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In conversation with Ted Hughes Award 2018 shortlistees

How can poetry affect life outside poems? What’s it like to be shortlisted for an award? What one book or podcast should you be reading/listening to right now? We speak to the shortlisted poets in the 2018 Ted Hughes Award… The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry is a poetry prize in the […]

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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 […]