Performance and awards © Hayley Lee Madden
Performance and awards © Hayley Lee Madden

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015

“Reading the winning poets, I felt that hard to describe zing of wonder and excitement you feel when you discover something really special” – Liz Berry, 2015 Judge 

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2015 were announced at a glittering ceremony at Southbank Centre on National Poetry Day, 8 October 2015.

100 winners, made up of 15 top winners and 85 commended poets were chosen by Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts from the thousands of poems entered. This year we had a massive 12,288 poems from a remarkable 5,846 young poets from sixty-nine countries.

The top 15 poet’s winning poems are published in a print anthology and the commended poets’ poems are available in an online anthology. 




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, Mikaela Carmichael, 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.

Awards Ceremony

All photos © Hayley Madden for The Poetry Society