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 […]
ART NAKED and LIBRARY invite you to an intimate poetry reading by the brilliant Holly Hopkins, part of a series of monthly events celebrating the most exciting new poets from the Poetry Society’s Young Associates scheme. Holly Hopkins lives and works in London. Her debut pamphlet, Soon Every House Will Have One, won the 2014 […]
Caroline Bird’s first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002; her follow up collection Trouble Came to the Turnip came out in 2006. Her latest book Watering Can launched at the end of November 2009. They are all published by Carcanet. Caroline has performed widely, including Latitude, The Big Chill, Ledbury Poetry Festival and alongside Simon […]
Sophie Fenella Robinski is a poet and a performer from London. She is a member of The Roundhouse Poetry Collective and Burn After Reading Poetry Collective. She has performed her poetry around the UK at venues such as The Roundhouse, The Royal Festival Hall and in July 2013 she was long-listed to be the Young […]
Megan Beech was the winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors national youth slam 2011. She has performed at venues including the Southbank Centre, Latitude and Glastonbury Festivals and the University of Cambridge. Her debut collection ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard’ was published by Burning Eye Books in December 2013. Megan […]
Gabriel Akamo won The Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors UK competition in 2012 and since then has written and performed for various events, including opening ‘Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair’ at the Southbank Centre with other emerging poets. Previous performances also include ‘Jawdance’, ‘Tongue Fu’, and recording for ‘Peace Camp 2012’ and ‘Goodbye Piccadilly’, the London […]
Just give it time A cyan sky will merge with the purple ocean The horizon will turn orange at dusk Just wait for a bit The evergreen hills rolling on and on (they roll like dice on a thunderclap) will bloom, revive beech trees from dust Give it time The brown clouds above you Borrowed […]
Tell the air to hold me in the rushing heart of it And keep its paths straight Away from home let there be a land that Flows with fish and flies And let it taste like it tasted at home Home take this salty scent of home from my head Cut away the memory of […]
Serena Cooke has won numerous poetry competitions and has been published by Miracle E-Zine, Fur-Lined Ghettos, the Young Poets Network and performed her poem ‘Green Tears’ at the Cape Farewell SWITCH celebration evening. Serena was a Young Producer for both the Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society National Poetry Day Live 2014.
Mary Anne Clark often appears on the Poetry Society’s Young Poets’ Network, and has won their Cape Farewell and Edith Sitwell prizes. She has been commended for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, Ledbury and Basil Bunting awards, and longlisted for the Christopher Tower Prize. Mary Anne was a Young Producer for both […]
Since 1998 over a thousand young poets have come through our Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, and SLAMbassadors UK spoken word championship. You can see some previous winners below. In addition, we work with a number of young poets on one-off projects. Our previous Young Associates, who have worked on new initiatives with us, […]
this is your captain speaking five-hundred meters from your window look at us the red and gray we fly at you ugly birds all talon and tusk the fire we harbor in frosty canisters with messages in children’s chalk leaves you with the smell of burning textbooks a shroud of dust on his tiny face
Jay Bernard is a writer from London, and the author of two previous pamphlets, English Breakfast (Math Paper Press, 2013) and Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (Tall Lighthouse, 2008). Jay is a film programmer at BFI Flare and a regular columnist at DIVA magazine. Jay was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2005. Jay is also a previous winner […]
A winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2007 and 2008. Her poems have been published in Poetry London and her first collection is due out in 2015.
Ameerah has published a pamphlet to the universe with l’Atelier d’Ecriture. She has had work published in The Cadaverine, was a winner of Foyle Young Poets of the year 2010, and was a commneded poet in the Foyle Young Poets 2011. Ameerah came runner-up in The Blue Pencil’s Elizabeth Bishop Prize for Verse in 2012.
Adham Smart is a poet and linguist from London. He was a winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2006, 2008, and 2009, and has had writing in The Cadaverine Anthology (Cadaverine Magazine, 2009), Korsakoff’s Paper Chain (Sidekick Books, 2010) and The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt, 2011). Adham was […]