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Sailing Away to a New Land: The Writing of James Berry

James Berry is a poetry titan. He migrated from Jamaica to Britain in 1948, the year the Windrush arrived in Essex, and was one of the earliest writers to use Jamaican vernacular in his poetry. We asked poet Hannah Lowe, a friend of James Berry and an expert on his work, to give us an […]

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Miriam Culy on Pain Poetry

Young Poets Networker Miriam Culy explores the theme of physical pain in poetry, and shares how writing has helped her cope with her own chronic illness. When you learn about poetry in school, you often look at poems on love, nature or war, and perhaps God, beauty or death. You don’t very often look at […]

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Poetry In A Pandemic

Every year, The Poetry Society welcomes two American interns to our office in London. Yanisa Campusano was just settling in to the Betterton Street life when the lockdown hit. In the midst of global crisis, Yanisa carried on her internship digitally and, fascinated by how poetry has flourished during this pandemic, has written us this […]

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Sarojini Naidu: WWI poetry and the ‘Gift’ of India

Here at YPN, we’ve often published features exploring the life and works of poets who have had a big impact on English literature – from William Blake to Elizabeth Bishop, Edith Sitwell to Robert Browning. In this latest feature, Stephanie Sy-Quia explores the life and works of Sarojini Naidu, an Indian poet and activist, in […]

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Sylvia Plath in the 21st century: read by Maiya Dambawinna

Sylvia Plath is one of the most beloved poets of all time, especially by young writers. We asked Foyle Young Poet Maiya Dambawinna why she thought young poets flock to Plath. Content warning: contains references to suicide Last year, The Poetry Society surveyed young poets about their reading and writing habits: when asked their favourite […]

“My people, my people”: Fathima Zahra recommends

For many, 2020 has been a strange Ramadan, and this weekend will mark an unusual Eid. We asked YPNer Fathima Zahra to recommend books by Muslim poets for these strange times. ‘I fast during Ramadan and by its midpoint I feel charged, sharper. I feel witchy (is this blasphemous?) and clear. I don’t know that […]

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Foyle Young Poets Recommend: Start Your Own Book Club

In our fourth and final Foyle Young Poets recommend feature, Cia Mangat and Annie Davison share what they’re reading and how they are coping. Why not take up Cia’s challenge to start your own book club and carry on the conversation? Catch up with yesterday’s feature here. Cia Mangat: Space Struck Wolves “This week I […]