foyle 2014

“Today was incredible. It’s still so strange and wonderful that a year’s work has paid off . Can’t wait for the Arvon course in February and meeting everyone who couldn’t make the ceremony, and everyone who is into poetry – enter Foyle Young Poets, you never know what will happen!” – Daniella Cugini, 17, Foyle Young Poet of the Year, 2nd October 2014  


2014 was a record breaking year – with an amazing 7,603 young people entering from a total of 78 countries, making it one of the largest literary competitions in the world! Below, we are delighted to showcase the 15 Top Winners and 85 Commended Poets, selected by judges Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough. It was an excellent day of celebration at Southbank centre, and we were delighted to be joined by Julia Donaldson MBE to help usher in the next generation of writers. Why not take a look at some of the pictures – We even had one of the winners interviewed live on BBC World News along with the organiser Lucy Wood. Exciting times! 

The winning poems have been published in the Winners Anthology – 20,000+ of which are distributed to schools, libraries, poets and arts organisations right across the UK. Read the winners’ anthology below, and why not join us on Facebook to keep updated with everything The Poetry Society has got going on for young poets! 

Commended Poets

Mariya Ahmed, Julia Apffel, Guntaj Arora, Theo Ayres, Brooke Baker, Tom Baldock, Emee Begum, Yasmin Belkhyr, Troy Bowerbank, Lizzie Briggs, Kamaria Brown Whittingham, Jennifer Burville-Riley, Francesca Capossela, Ariella Carmell, Dervla Carroll, Josephine Carter, Alice Cattley, Amy Cavender, Chloe Chan, Jemima Childs, Madison Cho-Richmond, Eleanor Coy, Bryony Dawson, Emily Dee, Catherine Dent, Anna Doak, Natasha Dolgobrodova, Caoimhe Downing, Amy Dunning, Noah Dversdall, Hannah Gabriel, Molly Garbutt, Ed Gilligan-Davis, Jessie Goetzinger, Roshni Gohil, Alison Graham, Alex Greenberg, Laura Harray, Chante Hazlewood, Katie Hibner, Melissa Ho, Samuel Holmes, Esther Jeon, Zoe Kaiser, Phoebe Lee, Chloe Lee, Michal Leibowitz, Felicity Leung, Alannah Lewis, Emma Lister, Ed Lyness, Ian Macartney, Kate Millar, Emily Nicholson, Ella Nixon, Mira Palakodaty, Sam Peters, Tamsin Peto-Dias, Isobel Robinson, Grace Rogers, Jonathan Ross, Sophie Russell, Tom Scott, Mahima Shah, Nicole Stimpson, Jonathan Stone, Phoebe Stuckes, Zainab Syed, Jing Min Tan, Max Thomas, Ridhi Thukral, Kimmy Tran, Cedric Turtenwald, Sophie van Waardenberg, Sylvia Villa, Lucy Wainger, Aletheia Wang, Saduni Wanniarachchi, Lottie Williams, Rachel Wood, Helen Woods, Emma Wright, Boris Young, Emily Zhang, Margaret Zhang.


To find out more about the Foyle experience read Diary of a Foyle Young Poet, an account of Matthew Ridley’s time at The Hurst, attending an Arvon course.