Young Poets Stories. Were you a Foyle Young Poet between 2012-2019? Take part in some research

Calling all Foyle Young Poet Top 15 winners and 85 commends from 2012-2019

Our friends at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Exeter would like to tell you about an exciting new research project, Young Poets’ Stories, and to invite you to consider taking part. 

About the research

Young Poets’ Stories is a research project led by poets and researchers Sue Dymoke and Anthony Wilson. It is funded by the Foyle Foundation with support from two universities (Nottingham Trent University and the University of Exeter). During the next two years they are investigating a rarely explored aspect of poetry writing development: the potential impact of mentoring opportunities on young poets (aged 11 – 30) who were award-winning and/or commended in The Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2012-2019 i.e. writers like you…..

They would like to capture the development of poets in the early stages of their writing, after success in the competition. They plan to do so through interviews and discussions of examples of the poets’ writing with thirty young poets along with observations of a separate group of poets. They want to write a series of case studies and web-based resources which will add to what is known about poetry writing theory and the practice of mentoring young writers. They hope these new understandings gleaned from their research will directly benefit young writers including many young people who may be unaware of the significant opportunities that the Foyle Young Poets Award could offer them.

Where do you come in?

If you are a young writer who was either a top 15 winner of commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award during 2012-2019 they would like you to register your interest in taking part in their research.

What would taking part in this research project involve?

You would take part in two interviews about your poetry and your development as a writer with either Sue Dymoke or Anthony Wilson. They have both worked with young people and researched poetry writing for many years. If you would like to know more about them as researchers and poets please look at the links to their webpages at the bottom of this page. The two interviews would be held by Skype in 2020 and by Skype or face-to-face in 2021 depending on what is most convenient for you. (One interview would be held in May – August 2020 and one in 2021.) Each interview would be audio-recorded and last approximately 45 minutes. With your permission, they may also take photographs or ask for a copy of writing that you share with them. If you are under 18, your parent/carer may opt to sit in on your interview.

Your interviews would be transcribed, anonymised, kept confidential and stored securely both during and after the project. Comments from your interviews may be used in the final project report and other publications such as web pages, research articles and guidance materials for future young entrants, teachers and mentors.

If you would be interested to take part in the research then please fill in a registration form and return it to Sue Dymoke on: [email protected]

If you are 18 and over please fill in the Young Poets Stories Registration form over 18s and if you are under 18 then please fill in the Young Poets Stories Registration form under 18s and make sure you include permission from a parent or guardian if you are under 18. Deadline is the 30 April 2020. 

What happens once I have registered my interest?

Sue and Anthony will look at all the registration forms and select 30 young poets. As they want to capture the experiences of a wide variety of young writers living across the UK and internationally, the group of 30 will be as diverse as possible. Their identities and all other personal information about each individual (and their parent/carer) will be kept confidential and securely stored. They will then contact everyone who has registered, thank them for their interest and let them know if they would like to include them in their sample group.

What happens next?

If you are included in their potential sample group, you (and your parent/carer if you are U18) will receive a detailed information sheet about the research. If you decide that you want to take part, you will be asked to complete a short informed consent form which will outline your rights as a participant and Sue and Antony’s responsibilities to you as researchers. You will have time to ask further questions about the project too. If, after signing up, you later decide that you want to withdraw from the project you will have the right to do so. Your decision will have no impact on you, your writing or any future entries that you might make to enter into the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

How might you benefit if you participate in Young Poets’ Stories?

No financial rewards or gifts are on offer but you will have their considerable thanks! There may be other non-monetary benefits for you or other young writers. For example, you will:

  • have two interview opportunities to think about and discuss how your writing is developing. These in–depth reflections could have a long or short-term impact on your writing or have no impact at all;
  • also explore the mentoring that you have received, either on the winners Arvon course or in other forms. Your comments could benefit the support and guidance given to other young poets, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award and type of mentoring opportunities provided for young writers in the future.

Thank you for reading this call for participants. If you would like to take part please complete the registration form (or ask your parent/carer to do so if you are under 18). Email your form to [email protected] and keep a copy of it for your own reference.

Links to Sue and Anthony’s work:

Foyle Young Poets