Foyle Friday 9: Jay Bernard, Phoebe Power and Imogen Cassels

Welcome to our ninth Foyle Friday feature! This week we’re speaking to Jay Bernard, Phoebe Power and Imogen Cassels about their work in film, poetry and academia, and the joy of befriending fellow young poets. Jay Bernard   FYP: Commended in 2004 and winner in 2005. What did winning mean to you? Foyle is a […]

Foyle Friday 8: Sarah Howe and Meredith LeMaître

For our eighth Foyle Friday, we’ve invited Foyle Young Poet and Young Poets Networker Meredith LeMaître to interview award-winning poet, lecturer and fellow Foyler Sarah Howe. They discuss Sarah’s first introduction to the poetry world, what she is doing now to improve diversity in poetry and reviewing, and the questions she’s been trying to explore […]

Foyle Friday 7: Peter LaBerge in conversation with Margot Armbruster

Peter LaBerge was a commended Foyle Young Poet in 2012. He founded the internationally renowned poetry magazine The Adroit Journal, offering opportunities and prizes to young poets across the USA and the globe – and has also published two chapbooks himself. In this seventh Foyle Friday feature, Peter is interviewed by Foyle Young Poet Margot Armbruster, […]

Foyle Friday 6: Hattie Grunewald and Phoebe Walker

Welcome to our sixth Foyle Friday! We are delighted to speak to two Foyle Young Poets of 2009: literary agent Hattie Grunewald, who coincidentally represents fellow Foyle Young Poet Anbara Salam; and Phoebe Walker, TOAST poet and former editor of Young Poets Network. Find out how their creative careers began with Foyle, and all they’ve […]

Foyle Friday 5: Michael Donkor & Anbara Salam

In our fifth Foyle Friday special we speak to two poets who have gone on to become acclaimed novelists: Michael Donkor and Anbara Salam. Both are represented by the agency Blake Friedmann, and Anbara is represented by agent Hattie Grunewald, another Foyle Young Poet (stay tuned for more). The Award can launch your literary career […]

Foyle Friday 4: Amanda Chong and Phoebe Stuckes

Welcome to the fourth instalment of Foyle Friday, our series of interviews with former Foyle Young Poets and judges celebrating 20 years of the Award. This week we’re featuring two super talented FYP winners: Singaporean lawyer and poet Amanda Chong, and six-time winner and Poetry Business author Phoebe Stuckes. If you are 11-17, or you […]

Foyle Friday 3: Jade Cuttle, Richard Osmond & Laura Potts

For our third Foyle Friday, we’re speaking to award-winning writers Jade Cuttle, Richard Osmond and Laura Potts – three exciting voices in contemporary poetry who kick-started their careers with the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Just over two weeks until the 2018 Award closes… Jade Cuttle FYP: Commended twice, in 2010 and 2012. […]

Foyle Friday 2: Helen Mort, Richard O’Brien and Ankita Saxena

Welcome to our second Foyle Friday. With just over three weeks until the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 closes for its 20th year, today we’re speaking to three winners who have gone on to have incredible careers in writing, academia and retelling Jurassic World. Read on for more… Helen Mort FYP: Won […]

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Foyle Friday 1: Andrew Pettigrew interviews Ian McMillan

Welcome to our first Foyle Friday, a new series celebrating Foyle Young Poets as part of the competition’s 20th anniversary celebrations. We’re delighted to kick off this series with 2017 winner Andrew Pettigrew interviewing 2008 judge, poet, playwright and 22nd most powerful person in radio Ian McMillan. What exactly inspired you to be a poet? Were […]

Rising Stars of children’s poetry

“Soulful, inspiring and uplifting.” Since its release Rising Stars, a stellar anthology written by young poets for 10-14 year olds, has been widely acclaimed and is now on the shortlist for a CLiPPA. One of the contributors and a SLAMbassadors 2015 champion, Jay Hulme, talks about writing for young people. You’ve never written specifically for […]