Posted 10.07.15 in Features
The lovely team at The Wordsworth Trust tell us about Dorothy Wordsworth and her wonderful journals of life in the Lake District.
Posted 17.06.15 in Features
Poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster Ian McMillan introduces the 2015 BBC Proms poetry competition
Posted 12.06.15 in Features
Ollie O’Neill discusses some of her favourite spoken word artists and recommends videos of them performing their work. Ollie was a 2013 winner of the Poetry Society’s spoken word competition SLAMbassadors, which is open for entries now!
Posted 05.06.15 in Features
Zoe McLain from the Wordsworth Trust tells us more about the life of Romantic poet William Wordsworth – who was more adventurous and unconventional than you might think! You can also find out about Dove Cottage Poets, the group for young writers which meets regularly in Kendal, Cumbria. When we think of William Wordsworth it’s easy to place him in his beloved […]
Posted 11.05.15 in Features
Join in with International Dylan Thomas Day (14 May 2015) and help Young People’s Laureate of Wales Martin Daws and Bardd Plant Cymru Aneirin Karadog create Dylan’s Great Poem, a 100-line bilingual poem written by the young people of the world!
Posted 24.04.15 in Features
Sarah Howe explores the powerful, fundamental, enchanted world of metaphor. An invaluable resource for anyone studying poetic language, as well as any writers wishing to develop and push their own metaphors.
Posted 17.04.15 in Features
Kevin Coyne explores Seamus Heaney’s wonderful poem ‘Mid-Term Break’.
Posted 02.04.15 in Features
When you send your poems for submission to a magazine, you will generally have to include a covering letter. Here we give some advice on writing yours.
Posted 16.02.15 in Features
Fall in love with a new poet! We had a look through our archives and decided this article by Colette Bryce, introducing the “durable as diamonds” poetry of brilliant, enigmatic American poet Emily Dickinson, deserved another showcase!
Posted 28.11.14 in Features
Georgi Gill, Learning Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library, helps Young Poets Network celebrate St Andrew’s Day (30 November) by sharing some of her favourite Scottish poets!
Posted 07.11.14 in Features
Claire Trévien talks to Young Poets Network about putting on a live literature show. Claire discusses her exciting new production The Shipwrecked House and gives you some advice for putting on your own show!
Posted 27.10.14 in Features
To celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth, Martin Daws muses on the surprising similarities between Thomas’ poetry and Hip Hop.
Posted 23.10.14 in Features
To celebrate the centenary of American poet John Berryman’s birth, John Canfield explores his inventive, intense and endlessly intriguing Dream Songs.
Posted 10.10.14 in Features
We are delighted to announce the winners of our first inaugural Timothy Corsellis Prize, for poems responding to WWII poetry.
Posted 02.10.14 in Features
To help us celebrate National Poetry Day 2014, we asked young poets to send us a line or two of poetry on the theme ‘Remember’, to post on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day and create a new feature for Young Poets Network. We had a wonderful response, and here we present your evocative words, full of memory and reflection. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Posted 01.08.14 in Features
Rod Tweedy discusses poet, engraver, visual artist, printmaker and illustrator William Blake, and introduces the free competition in his name.
Posted 28.07.14 in Features
Young Poets Network asks Jamie McGarry from Valley Press your questions about the independent publishing industry!
Posted 23.07.14 in Features
Foyler Amanda Silberling recommends five American poets to read and be inspired by.
Posted 11.07.14 in Features
Find out more about the young WWII poet whose life and work inspired the Young Poets Network Timothy Corsellis Prize.
Posted 24.06.14 in Features
Conor O’Loughlin explores one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated poets, and introduces the Ted Hughes Young Poets Award.
Posted 17.06.14 in Features
Poet Hannah Jane Walker gives you some tips for writing a totally original, electrifying love poem. For those of you aged 14-18 in reach of London, there’s also a free love poetry workshop on 28 June.
Posted 29.05.14 in Features
Richard O’Brien was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2006 and 2007. He runs a blog called The Scallop-Shell, dedicated to the close reading of contemporary poetry. You’ve probably done some close reading yourself, in your English classes, so you will have experienced how a poem changes with each new reading. Here Richard shares some tips for diving deep into an individual poem – in this case, one of the winning poems of the 2013 Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.
Posted 03.03.14 in Features
Young Poets Network chats to Judith Chernaik, founder of Poems on the Underground.
Posted 07.11.13 in Features
Poet Megan Beech reviews the sensational SLAMbassadors 2013 Final, which took place in the Clore Ballroom of the Southbank Centre on Friday 1 November.
Posted 17.10.13 in Features
Judges Joelle Taylor, Bea Colley and Hollie McNish have chosen their six spoken word champions for 2013 – and they invite you to come and watch the poets perform!
Posted 14.10.13 in Features
101 years ago, in the British Museum tea shop, Ezra Pound described his poet-friends H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and Richard Aldington as imagistes. Now a new event with Don Share (editor of the American magazine Poetry) and Maurice Riordan (editor of Poetry Review) explores Pound’s rules for Imagist poets and whether poets need a new set of guiding principles.
Posted 03.10.13 in Features
For National Poetry Day 2013, we present a fantastically imaginative selection of water imagery, inspired by the English National Ballet teaser challenge. Young Poets Network is collaborating with ENB to get young poets involved!
Posted 03.09.13 in Features
John Halliday discusses the poet Basil Bunting, and introduces the competition in his name.
Posted 30.08.13 in Features
Young Poets Network chats to Kaiti Soultana, winner of the inaugural 2013 Poetry By Heart competition about learning poems off by heart, how to go about it, and beating stage fright!
Posted 19.07.13 in Features
Translating poetry is a complex and thrilling project, which involves two separate poets, not one original poet and a person with a dictionary. This feature looks at some of the slippery and exciting issues of translation and challenges you to have a go!
Posted 09.07.13 in Features
The Poetry Society’s fabulous spoken word competition SLAMbassadors wants your poems and raps on the theme of ‘Identity’.
Posted 05.07.13 in Features
Ian McMillan introduces a competition exploring the connection between words and music. It’s run by the BBC Proms in association with the Poetry Society.
Posted 02.07.13 in Features
The editor of Popshot magazine explains the theme for the next issue and invites submissions from Young Poets Networkers!
Posted 21.06.13 in Features
The Poetry Society is delighted to present a brand new short film celebrating the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, featuring the 2012 poets, judges Helen Mort and Christopher Reid plus interviews with former winners of the Award.
Posted 07.06.13 in Features
Jack Little from Newcastle tells us about his experiences setting up a poetry press in Mexico and invites submission from UK poets aged 16-25.
Posted 24.05.13 in Features
Canal Laureate Jo Bell invites you to write poetry inspired by your local canal.
Posted 10.05.13 in Features
“That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall…” Philip Coales, a 2009 Foyle Young Poet of the Year, discusses the poetry of Robert Browning.
Posted 26.04.13 in Features
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) is one of America’s best known poets. She wrote precise subtle poems, spending a great deal of time over them, and only published 101 poems in her lifetime. Professor Linda Anderson introduces us to Bishop’s poems, by thinking about Bishop’s home and childhood.
Posted 12.04.13 in Features
Justin Gowers introduces the poetry of John Betjeman and the competition in his name.
Posted 11.03.13 in Features
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, Britain’s most prestigious poetry prize for young writers aged 11-17, is now open for entries!
Posted 01.03.13 in Features
This feature is a work in progress, because we need YOU! We want your top tips about writing and creativity!
Posted 08.02.13 in Features
Sailors took ditty boxes to sea – what would you put in a box for Planet Earth?
Posted 01.02.13 in Features
Jungles, experiments and ants – write a poem responding to climate change!
Posted 25.01.13 in Features
Polar bears, arctic terns and a talking shire horse – write a poem in response to climate change!
Posted 18.01.13 in Features
Icebergs and shopping – write a poem in response to climate change!
Posted 09.01.13 in Features
Poetry can be “recollected in tranquility”, but it can also thrust you straight into the middle of the action. Katy Evans-Bush looks at two poets who called it as they saw it. Use their works to inspire your own ‘time machine’ poems.
Posted 23.11.12 in Features
Outside our offices the evenings are drawing in. The winter solstice is four weeks away, and we can feel autumn slowly shifting into winter. You can almost taste it in the air – and it puts us in the mood for some wintry poetry.
Posted 16.11.12 in Features
You’re probably here at the Young Poets Network because you’re interested in poetry. Perhaps you’re also at the stage where you are considering what to study at university. It’s an important decision, especially when tuition fees are rocketing and the job market is so competitive. Many students feel torn between studying something they love, and studying a subject which they think will make them more employable. How’s a young poet to decide?
Posted 01.11.12 in Features
Our selected poets from the Stars Challenge share their poems before and after feedback.
The T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme allows you to hone your skills as a judge and also gives you the chance to win this year’s shortlisted collections and an invitation to both the T S Eliot Readings and the glamourous award ceremony. Find out more about the shadowing scheme and get a headstart with advice from previous judge Michael Symmons Roberts.
Posted 26.10.12 in Features
Who is the “I” in your poems? Writing poems with more than one character can be tough. Here Caleb Klaces helps you write a poem in three voices.
Posted 19.10.12 in Features
Our selected poets from the Stars Challenge share their poems before and after feedback.
The YPN Team offers general feedback on your poems about stars.
Posted 05.10.12 in Features
Young Poets Network winner Flo Reynolds shares her experience of listening to the Poetry Society’s Annual Lecture, which this year was given by Paul Muldoon. If you missed the lecture you can read it in the current issue of Poetry Review.
Posted 13.09.12 in Features
Balls of gas and plasma…stories and destinies written in the sky…a means of navigation…Stars can mean many things. What will you write about?
Posted 03.09.12 in Features
YM: Poetry guest editor Pheobe Power introduces the theme of colour.
Posted 31.08.12 in Features
If you’ve been following Jon Stone’s challenges you’ll have a whole anthology of poems – so pick a title!
Posted 29.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone explains how to write a Chinese Whispers poem.
Posted 27.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone explains how to write an Earthquake poem, based on a dadaist technique from the 1920s.
Posted 25.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone explains how to write a Vampire Aubade, set in the morning after an encounter with an otherworldly, dangerous (and often beautiful) creature.
Posted 23.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone helps you write a Google search engine poem using Google page results!
Posted 21.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone on how to write a Scoop! poem out of your own invented newspaper headlines.
Posted 19.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone on how to write a Manga poem!
Posted 17.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone explains how to write a DVD commentary poem.
Posted 15.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone on how to write a U-boat poem, where each lines fires three one-word torpedoes!
Posted 13.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone helps you write a Hollywood Remake Poem.
Posted 11.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone how how to write a Jungle Trail poem, with a secret message hidden inside.
Posted 09.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone on how to create a Skeleton Poem, with no verbs or adjectives.
Posted 07.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone on how to write a Helicopter Poem.
Posted 05.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone on how to create a Censorship poem by blacking out parts of a page of text.
Posted 03.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone on how to create a Squid poem – one short to normal-length line, followed by ten long tentacle-like lines.
Posted 01.08.12 in Features
Jon Stone on how to create a Bookshelf poem – from the spines of books!
Posted 20.07.12 in Features
11 – 17? You have just a few days left to enter the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Prizes include places on a residential writing course and your poem published in an anthology which will be distributed to over 20,000 people!
Posted 13.07.12 in Features
Poetry Magazine Editor Jacob Denno tells us what he looks for in a poem, why black text on white is a classic and how naive arrogance can sometimes have its positive side. Jacob edits Popshot a bi-annual magazine that champions contemporary poetry and illustration. Submissions for the next edition, themed “birth”, close 25 July.
We had some wonderful entries for our Set Texts Free challenge, we have chosen to share five poet’s work, each of them taking different approaches to the task of responding to poems they’d encountered at school. Read the winning poems by Ruby Mason, Ankita Saxena, Devawn Wilkinson, Molly Taylor, Matt Wild.
Posted 15.06.12 in Features
Chris Meade talks to W.H. Herbert about classic poems that stay with us. Write a new poem in response to a poem which is special to you. if:book will be collecting their favourites into a digital anthology and awarding five poets with Amazon vouchers.
Posted 14.06.12 in Features
We’re looking for a young poet to review the Poetry Society’s Annual Lecture which this year is being given by Paul Muldoon. Winners will receive free tickets to the event and a paid trip to London!
Posted 06.06.12 in Features
Recently we interviewed poet and activist Michael Horovitz to start a debate on how to bring poetry to people. Chris Meade from if:book rounds up a few of his favourite responses, some reflecting Michael’s work in the 60s and others with a more contempory feel.
Posted 01.06.12 in Features
Use existing poems to inspire your own, plus order a FREE copy of the Foyle anthology!
Posted 18.05.12 in Features
Internships can be a wonderful way to gain insights into a particular organisation, area or way of working. However, before you start it is important to be clear what you want to get out of it, and what the company employing you wants to get out of it. PLUS five top places to find your internship!
Posted 10.05.12 in Features
We’re asking you to come up with ways to bring poetry to people using technologies old and new. We kick off with a contribution from someone who has been a radical activitist of poetry since the 1950s.
Posted 05.04.12 in Features
What’s a Poetry Open Mic? How do I take part and where can I find one?
Posted 03.04.12 in Features
Rhiannon Shaw won our competition to come down to London and review the SLAMbassador UK champions performing at the 100 Club. Find out what she thought of these word champions.
Posted 15.03.12 in Features
Vote for your favourite to win the SLAMbassadors People’s Choice Award. Five lucky voters picked at random will receive a YPN notebook. Plus enter a competition for the chance to become the official SLAMbassadors UK Reviewer.
Posted 24.02.12 in Features
Kirsten Irving, editor at Fuselit and Sidekick Books, shares her inside take on how to impress magazine editors.
Posted 16.02.12 in Features
Poetry can be “recollected in tranquility,” but it can also thrust you straight into the middle of the action. Katy Evans-Bush looks at two poets who called it as they saw it. (Photo by Safeer Bandali)
Posted 20.01.12 in Features
Guest Editor Chua Jun Yan, tells us about his poet-rebel hero and why he has chosen rebellion as the next theme for YM: Poetry.
Posted 17.12.11 in Features
Tiana Oldroyd won the SLAMbassadors UK 2010, a spoken word championship for young poets. Many spoken word artists like Tiana mix poetry with music and beatbox when on stage. Have a go at Tiana’s Beatbox tutorial and find out how to enter poems into SLAMbassdors UK.
Posted 07.10.11 in Features
Liz Berry found digging into her Black Country roots for a new voice like finding her own “Staffordshire Hoard.” Here she tells us about the joy of using Dialect in poems. Enter her writing challenge and win a copy of Daljit Nagra’s Look We Have Comming to Dover.
Posted 30.09.11 in Features
It’s National Poetry Day on Thursday and the theme is “Games”. Nicholas Roe from the Keats foundation tells us about the games Keats loved. Take our Keats challenge and see if you can compete with his rhyming gamesmanship to win a copy of his Selected Poems.
Posted 29.09.11 in Features
We asked you to write poems short enough to ice onto cakes and the results were delicious!
Posted 26.09.11 in Features
Young poets Molly Pearson, Eleanor Watkins and Alister McQuarrie team up with digital artists to create new poetry installations.
Posted 09.09.11 in Features
Rewriting poems, or ‘drafting’ can be as exciting as writing the first draft. It’s like pushing the poem further and further, or it can be like peeling off layers to find the hidden poem. Cliff Yates shows us how to rewrite your poem.
Posted 24.08.11 in Features
We’re looking for young people to become part of our virtual book group, to read and review the shortlisted titles for the Corneliu M Popescu Prize 2011, for poetry translated from a European language into English.
Posted 05.08.11 in Features
In this feature Chris Meade and Caleb Klaces suggest some highlights of poetry online and ideas of how to set up your own online community whether it be to keep your school creative writing club going over the summer or to find other young poets in your area.
Posted 29.07.11 in Features
What do you want to do with your life? Where do you want to go? Being a poet, artist and award-winning documentary film-maker all rolled into one has got to sound appealing. Meet Imtiaz Dharker, whom you might recognise as a contributor to the AQA GCSE English Anthology. I had the opportunity to interview her for YM:BODY, finding out how she got to be so multi-talented, and gleaning a bit of advice for aspiring writers.
Posted 22.07.11 in Features
How do we cope with trying to be creative in an environment where distraction is always just a click away, where our page is not just interactive but keeps being disrupted by messages from friends and brands?
Posted 08.07.11 in Features
What will you be reading this summer? Hattie Grunewald talks about her plans and asks others what they look forward to reading.
Posted 01.07.11 in Features
Poet Inua Ellams talks about using Twitter and showcases some of the poems we have already recieved from his Superpoem workshop.
Posted 24.06.11 in Features
We are going to write a giant Superpoem at 12:00 noon on Wednesday 29th June. Find out how be included!
Posted 17.06.11 in Features
Amy Key Artistic Director of The Shuffle, a monthly poetry event, talks you through setting up your own poetry night. She also asks other poets and poetry event organisers for their tips and advice. Photo shows poet James Brookes reading at The Shuffle
Posted 10.06.11 in Features
The digital age has arrived and it’s time for young poets to seize on their first-rate knowledge of technology/web and apply it to their writing. Poets need to be clear with themselves about what their goals really are and how a networked laptop can help them to get what they want.
Posted 27.05.11 in Features
How can games be used to generate poetry? How can poetry be used as a basis for a game? Games designer Holly Gramazio talks about the different kinds of poetry games you can invent to play with your friends.
Posted 20.05.11 in Features
Pulitzer Prize winning poet, C.K. Williams, gives his advice for a poet starting out.
Posted 13.05.11 in Features
‘View of a Pig’ is one of the great poem titles, suggests Matthew Sweeney, who explains how a good title makes all the difference.
Posted 06.05.11 in Features
Sitting at a laptop in a pool of free WiFi, networked to the world, we find ourselves at an amazing moment: the perfect time to think afresh about the best way to read and write with the tools now available to us.
Posted 28.04.11 in Features
Here’s our scoop on how to give yourself the best chance when entering a poetry competition or poetry contest.
Posted 27.04.11 in Features
Ever written anything “completely meaningless, hand-gnawingly, howlingly embarrassing”? So did Luke Kennard…
Posted 21.04.11 in Features
Kayo Chingonyi tells us about discovering a copy of Douglas Dunn’s Selected Poems in an Oxfam bookshop and how it changed his life.
Posted 16.04.11 in Features
If someone were to burgle my house in Grasmere, they could take my mobile phone. They could take my CD collection, if they could be bothered to carry it. They could even try to take my whippet, Bell: she’d howl so much they’d soon put her back again. But the one thing I’d die without […]
Posted 15.04.11 in Features
In these films Jo Shapcott gives her tip on writing longer poems, reads her poem “I Tell The Bees” and answers your questions.
In this feature, Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone give their advice on starting a magazine and suggest some magazines they think you might enjoy. We have also jotted down ‘Ten Steps to Starting a Magazine’ to help guide you through your first issue.
Posted 26.03.11 in Features
Benjamin Zephaniah welcomes you to the Young Poets Network, talks about what it was like to publish his first book and why he sees performance as a vital part of his role as a poet.
Posted 25.03.11 in Features
So what does a YPL in Herefordshire do and how do you get to be one anyway? Prize-winning young poet and YPL Hal Husbands explains.
Does performing live make you tremble, stammer and give you an urge to be anywhere but the stage you’re on? Don’t worry – this is perfectly normal and you can control it, explains Joelle Taylor
Posted 24.03.11 in Features
If you want to explore the great world of poetry, luckily you can go far with just a pocket full of change. Alex Pryce seeks out poetry for under a fiver.
Posted 23.03.11 in Features
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