Foyle – an artist responds

illustration of tree with poetic images as fruit
The Foyle Tree 2020 (c) Imogen Foxell

When we launched the competition in March, we still hoped that it would be possible to bring all the winning poets together for a lively ceremony in central London in October. Unfortunately, this was not to be and, faced with the prospect of adapting the award to an online format, The Poetry Society has found alternative ways to celebrate what a special achievement it is to be selected as a winner.

It is in that spirit of celebration that we commissioned artist Imogen Foxell to create a design that brings together motifs from all one hundred winning poems. Imogen picked up the challenge and ran with it, producing a beautiful Foyle tree, its branches laden with images from the winning poems. This design has been made into an A4 limited edition print, which we sent to all one hundred winning poets as part of their prize package.

In addition to this, we asked Imogen to reproduce the image on a large scale across the windows of our Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden.

artist decorating windows with poetic images
(c) Kyle Madden for The Poetry Society
window painted with poetic images
(c) Kyle Madden for The Poetry Society

If you’re passing by 22 Betterton Street, see how many of these images you can spot…

angel  *  banana  *  barcode  *  birthday card  *  blood / arteries  *  bloodmoon  *  boot  *  broken chain  *  Buddha  *  canon  *  carrot  *  cat  *  chess set  *  chicken (store bought)  *  cinema  *  clear glove  *  clock  *  closed book  *  closed book  *  compass  *  cornrows  *  crayola  *  dress  *  drum  *  dumplings  *  ear  *  envelopes  *  eyes  *  faeces  *  Ferris wheel  *  fishing rod  *  foxglove  *  Ganesha  *  graffiti ‘I was here’  *  greyhound  *  hair cut  *  hairbrush  *  hands  *  honey jar  *  hopscotch  *  hornbill  *  horse  *  ice skates  *  Jamaican tonic wine  *  Katherine Howard  *  kitchen pot  *  labyrinth  *  lamp  *  legs  *  lemon  *  lipstick  *  magnet  *  Mercedes  *  milk bottle  *  money  *  mountain  *  mouth  *  north star  *  Ophelia  *  orange  *  pack of cards  *  padlock and key  *  parrot  *  peach  *  peacock  *  petals  *  pickles in a jar  *  plane  *  police officer  *  prawn  *  pretzel  *  rainbow window  *  reading glasses  *  red rose  *  rizlas  *  running shoes  *  safety pin  *  sailboat  *  salmon  *  school desk  *  sea  *  ship  *  shoes  *  squid  *  statue being pulled down  *  stork  *  storm clouds  *  streetlight  *  studio light  *  television  *  Thermos  *  toothpaste  *  tumbleweed  *  turnstile  *  Union Jack  *  washing line  *  washing up  *  watermelon  *  Wonder bread  *  wooden cask  *