Your reactions to Brexit

Over the past few days, the UK has been reeling under the force of the momentous referendum vote to leave the European Union.  Like so many others, here at Young Poets Network we’ve spent a lot of time glued to rolling newsfeeds and standing slack jawed in front of the TV as we try to […]


Speech, stammering and slam poetry

To celebrate the launch of SLAMbassadors 2016, spoken word artist Kareem Parkins-Brown talks about speech, stammering and his journey into slam poetry I hated my stammer, hated it like an audible birthmark, but at the same time I am grateful for it because it forced imagery into the way I spoke as a kid. I […]

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Carolyn Forché in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti

At this year’s Newcastle Poetry Festival, poet and human rights activist Carolyn Forché talked to Shami Chakrabarti, human rights campaigner and former Director of Liberty about writing, politics, and the ‘poetry of witness’. Here at Young Poets Network, we’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role poetry has to play on a global stage. The results of […]


Our top tips for submitting your work

For aspiring poets, working out how to get your work read, heard, and recognised can be a real preoccupation. However ringing the endorsements of your family and friends might be – however much Grandma just loves your villanelle about Autumn – seeking a wider audience for your poetry can be an ideal next step if […]


Even It Up Poetry Challenge: the winners!

We were blown away by the quality and variety of entries we received for the Even It Up poetry challenge – from food shortages to feminism, arranged marriage to identity crises, you showed us that your responses to global inequality are incredibly powerful and moving. After a really tough judging process led by SLAMbassadors UK […]


Celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day!

To help commemorate International Dylan Thomas Day (14 May 2016), why not submit your lines to Dylan’s Great Poem, a 100-line bilingual poem written by the young people of the world! The Great Poem opens for submissions on Thursday 28 April at 9.00 am, and everyone aged 7-25, living anywhere in the world, is invited to submit up to […]


Exploring Shakespeare’s Sonnets

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Young Poets Network is taking a closer look at some of his most famous poetic works – the sonnets. Explore the controversies surrounding this extraordinary collection of poems, and trace the legacy of Shakespeare’s sonnets right up to the present day.  Shakespeare’s name may be synonymous with some of the […]

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Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition: the winners!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winning and commended poets in the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition! We received over six hundred entries from young poets across the UK, and it was an extraordinary challenge to narrow down the many brilliant poems we received to the final two winners and twelve commended poets. Chair of judges Daljit […]


Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Young Poets Network!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re talking to former Foyle Young Poets Sarah Fletcher and Phoebe Stuckes about gender, equality, and how they read their own (and each other’s) poems through a feminist lens. We hope Sarah and Phoebe’s words will inspire you to enter the Even It Up Poetry Challenge – we’d love to read your […]