Poetry from Home

While we’re all at home, we’ll be finding new ways to bring you poems and projects to keep us all connected for the duration. Keep checking back for the latest news – the newest announcements are at the top of this list.

  • We took part in a Europe-wide virtual poetry festival – visit Versopolis for readings, films and podcasts from far and wide.
  • Eight Foyle Young Poets from the 2019 competition recommend poetry for these strange times. Each poet suggests a poem you can read for free online as well as a poetry collection or anthology, and shares how they are getting on in lockdown.
  • Inside the Easter Egg – we’ve come up with a bundle of indoor activities for young people on their Easter Holidays, but suspect they might work for our adult audiences too. Stop motion Lego poetry films? You know you want to make one!
  • Do You NaPoWriMo? A Writing Challenge. April is National Poetry Writing Month – the global poetry generating project that’s been running since 2003. NaPoWriMo invites you to write a poem a day throughout April in common with poets all over the world. Now more than ever do we feel the need to be involved in a world-wide, interconnected celebration of creativity. Starting April 1, we’ll be publishing a writing prompt a day over on our Instagram page. Write as many or few poems as you like – the idea is to surprise your imagination into creating new work. When you’ve got to the end of the month, what to do with your 30 (or so) new poems? If you’re 17 or under, you could enter them for the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award. If you’re 17+, you could hang on to them to enter in to the 2020 National Poetry Competition which opens later this summer. 30 poems is even three quarters of a collection! Happy writing …
  • The new issues of The Poetry Review and Poetry News are making their way safely to members’ homes. A taste of the contents is here.
  • Here’s a selection of some of the best writing challenges from our Young Poets’ Network – they’re good for more experienced writers too!
  • We announced the winners of the 2019 National Poetry Competition with a Zoom celebration, and all the winners and commended poets recorded at-home-films of their poems for you to watch. Have a listen to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 20 minutes in to hear a conversation with the winner.
  • We’ve created a new Learning from Home page, which bundles up dozens of education resources for teachers, parents, carers and students of all ages who suddenly find themselves homeschooling.
  • For World Poetry Day on 21 March, we launched a new filmpoem: Polite Safety Notice by Aindri C, based on Mark Fiddes’s poem of the same name, which won third prize in the 2018 National Poetry Competition.