(left to right: Mukahang Limbu – picture credit: Cesare Di Giglio, Phoebe Power, Lucy Thynne)
Three Foyle Young Poets, Mukahang Limbu, Lucy Thynne and Forward Prize winner Phoebe Power will be reading at this free event as part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award for poets aged 11 – 17 is one of the largest and most prestigious literary prizes. It’s free to enter and open now, closing 31 July: foyleyoungpoets.org.
This event showcases poets at all stages of their development: alongside the Foyle Young Poets, we’ll hear from John Masefield High School Students who have worked with the school’s poet in residence Kurly to create their poems.
Mukahang Limbu is an 18 year old Nepalese writer based in Oxford. He is a 3-time Foyle Young Poet a SLAMmbassador, and has won the ‘First Story National’ competition. In 2019 he was also the recipient of the Outspoken prize for poetry. His poems have been published in ‘England: Poems from a School’,an anthology written by migrants and He is a die-hard fan of Ocean Vuong, Mary Jean Chan, Frank O’hara andRebecca Perry, among many others.
Phoebe Power was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2009. Her debut poetry collection, Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet, 2018), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Winner of the 2018 Forward (Felix Dennis) Prize for Best First Collection and shortlisted for the 2018 T.S. Eliot Prize.
Lucy Thynne is 18 years old and lives in London; she started writing poetry a few years ago as a creative outlet away from school. She particularly enjoys reading poems by Lorca and Seamus Heaney, Sarah Howe and Ocean Vuong – recently she discovered the work of Mary Jean-Chan which she also loves. She has been lucky enough to have won the Orwell Youth Prize and is a three-time winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. She has also won the Forward Student Prize and this year was shortlisted for the Young Romantics Prize. Next year she hopes to study English at university.