a photo of some first books, including books by Lisa Kiew, Tristram Fane Saunders, Theresa Lola, Sarah Howe, Rakhshan Rizwan, Emily Berry and Kayo Chingonyi

How to publish your poetry: putting together the first book

How do you know when you’ve got enough poems for your first book? What order do you put them in? How do you submit a manuscript? Former Foyle Young Poet Phoebe Stuckes answers all these questions and more! When you’ve been writing poetry for a while, you might start to think about putting together your […]

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 now closed. Good luck and well done to everyone who entered! Next year’s competition will launch in spring 2020. All entrants will be contacted in mid-September with the results, and the winners will be publicly announced on 2 October […]

Caroline Bird stands at a table speaking to young writers

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 […]

Rupi Kaur holds her long plaited hair

“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 […]

joshua eyakware performing

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 […]