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‘You Envied the Stars their Height’: Inspiring Young Writers in the Classroom

Monday 18 June 2018, 5:30 pm8:30 pm

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A Foyle Young Poets 20th Anniversary Symposium & Reception

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018, identifies and showcases the best poetry written by 11–17 year olds across the world. Since 1998 The Poetry Society has encouraged tens of thousands of young writers to take part in this transformative competition. Every year we receive thousands of entries from schools and more again from students who have been encouraged to enter by their teachers.

As schools become increasingly pressurised to focus on just exams we invite you to a symposium exploring why space for writing poetry for pleasure and personal growth, as an activity outside of the examined curriculum, is something to be protected and encouraged so that young people can continue to contribute to the poetry landscape for the next 20 years. There will be an opportunity to hear from some of poetry’s rising stars – Foyle Young Poets Jasmine Simms, Cia Mangat and Mukahang Limbu – and time to toast our 20th anniversary with a glass or two of something you fancy. 

Join us on Monday 18th June 2018, 5.30pm –8.30pm at Bush House, King’s College London, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG.

Speakers: Foyle judge Daljit Nagra, Teacher Trailblazer Ben Bransfield, Foyle Young Poet Jasmine Simms, Dr Sue Dymoke (University of Leicester) and Dr Anthony Wilson (University of Exeter).

Entry is free but booking essential. Please email [email protected] if you would like to attend.

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