Two small scorpions shelter under a leaf

Unpack a Poem: The One about the Scorpion and the Frog

A Story About Water so there’s a scorpion and a frog—they’re trying to get across this river—the scorpion says to the frog take me—the frog says are you sure because if you sting me we’ll both drown—the scorpion says of course i’m sure—so the frog takes the scorpion and the scorpion stings the frog and […]

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How to work in the arts: Dhiyandra Natalegawa, Assistant Producer

In our latest feature, we speak to Dhiyandra Natalegawa, current Assistant Producer for the Brent 2020 programme for London Borough of Culture. She shares the young people’s programme that got her into Art History, connecting with Indonesian art and “knowing your mountain”. What’s your current job title? Assistant Producer at London Borough of Culture Brent […]

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Dzifa Benson reads Imtiaz Dharker

Poet Dzifa Benson looks at the life and works of a literary giant: Imtiaz Dharker, artist, film-maker and author of seven poetry collections. Imtiaz Dharker, one of Britain’s most influential contemporary poets, believes ‘poetry tries to interpret the heartbeat of the world’. We can see this in her writing, which is compassionate, concise and infinitely […]

Book cover of Paper Trail by Julia Bird and Mike Sims: a turquoise/teal background with line drawings - a squiggly brown line joins a yellow circle with a red circle

How to Get Started with Collaboration in Poetry

When you collaborate with someone else, you are embarking on an exciting adventure together. Collaboration offers the chance to be pushed in new ways, to work in new forms, and to pay attention to another discipline and someone else’s obsessions. Working with other people might even lead to a shift in your personal practice and […]

Colourful collage of Audre Lorde's photos and scraps like a typewriter, sunflowers and a wine glass

The Poetic Teachings of Audre Lorde

Using Lorde’s own words, poet and film-maker Esther Heller introduces us to Audre Lorde, a self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”. Audre Lorde was a poet, essayist, Black feminist, civil-rights activist, mother, librarian, mentor, editor, publisher, cancer survivor and educator. Lorde described herself as a “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”: knowing her identity was important […]

Andrew Pettigrew smiles, wearing big round glasses

Foyle Young Poets: What Next? From A Foyler, To A Foyler

Commended Foyle Young Poet Andrew Pettigrew shares some tips on what opportunities you should grab hold of next. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably just won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Congratulations! It’s an amazing achievement and you should feel proud of yourself. So, what next? This is not the end of […]

Mukahang Limbu

Foyle Young Poets: What Next? Staying Close to Poetry

Three time commended Foyle Young Poet Mukahang Limbu shares his experiences and tips for staying close to poetry. For the Foyle Young Poets of 2020 Without wishing to give COVID more than a sentence, allow me to say how sorry I am that the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Ceremony will not take […]

Elizabeth Thatcher smiles reading at a podium next to a green banner that says Foyle Young Poets

Foyle Young Poets: What Next? Finding Your Poetry Path

Former top 15 winner Elizabeth Thatcher shares some top tips for how to keep developing as a poet. If you’ve just won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, you might be wondering where to go next with your writing. In this piece, I’ll share some general pointers that I think could be useful […]