A winner of the Members' Poems competition on the theme of 'Light', in the autumn issue of Poetry News, judged by Liane Strauss.

Light box

by Emma Danes

As a child, I would trace
what I couldn’t draw
against the window glass,
the side of my hand cold
and too smooth afterwards.
I didn’t think to look out.

Fatigue reduces
the day to a light box.
I press myself against it,
peel off the outline
of a complicated life
to colour in later.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Winners 2015 © Hayley Lee Madden
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Winners 2015 © Hayley Lee Madden

Today we are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. This year we had a massive 12,288 poems from a remarkable 5,846 young poets from sixty-nine countries.

Judges Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts had their work cut out selecting the 100 winners from the quantity and quality of entries. Liz applauded the winning poets for a “liveliness and freshness that captured our attention immediately”, and Michael praised the “quality of risk and surprise.”

The winners were announced at a ceremony at Southbank Centre where the top 15 winners were invited to read their poems to a room packed full of VIP guests, Press, parents and established poets.  These poems will go on to be published in the winners’ anthology.

Top 15 Poets

Riona Millar
Ben Read
Sophia Carney
Gaia-Rose Harper
Magnus Dixon
Kajol Marathe
Ian Macartney
Maud Mullan
Allie Spensley
Eira Murphy
Jack Sagar
Sophia Tait
Ella Standage
Jonathan Stone


85 Commended Poets

Will Adams, Rebecca Alifimoff, Isla Anderson, Natasha Blinder, Daniel Blokh, Aisha Mango Borja, Fóla J. Brady, Eva Brand Whitehead, Georgie Brooke, Priya Bryant, Jasmine Burgess, Jenny Burville-Riley, MikaelaCarmichael, Autumn Carson, Freya Carter, Damayanti Chatterjee, Michelle Chen, Misbah Choudhry, Shamma Dalal, Catherine Dent, Leila  Dickinson, Sala Fadelallah, Annie Fan, Gianni Fortes, Ava Goga, Tom Gonzalez-Carvajal, Alex Greenberg, Lorcan Greene, Molly Groarke, Katherine Hampshire, Kathryn Hargett, Hal Henderson, Katharina Högler, Eli Hong, Patrick Hughes, Finty Hunter, Yasmin Inkersole, Satta Kamara, Ruby Kelman, Amelia Kendall, Inara Lalani, Alannah Lewis, Hannah Link, Alice Long, Kavae Loseby, Annalise Lozier, Lauren Maltas, Hermione Marshall, Jacob Mason-White, Gazelle Mba, Marina McCready, Miles McInerney, Abby Meyer, Ruby Morvan, Mia Nelson, Zinath Oloko, Pratiksha Saha, Claire Seymour, Shakthi Shrima, Chloe Smith, Colette Spaul, Audrey Spensley, Reem Sultan, Charis Taplin, Andrew Telford, Abigail Thomson, Amber Thornton, Caroline Tsai, Finn Scarr de Haas van Dorsser, Ben Vince, Imogen Wade, Lucy Wainger, Tilly Wainwright, Molly Watkins, Alice West, Emily Wilder, Amy Wolstenholme, Maria Woodford, Jim Woods, Chelsy Wu, Catherine Yarrow, Rawan Yousif, Alex Zhang, Margaret Zhang, Lisa Zou.

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