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Posted 01.08.14 in Features

William Blake and the Doors of Perception

Rod Tweedy discusses poet, engraver, visual artist, printmaker and illustrator William Blake, and introduces the free competition in his name.

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Posted 28.07.14 in Features

Valley Press Independent Publishing Q&A

Young Poets Network asks Jamie McGarry from Valley Press your questions about the independent publishing industry!

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Posted 23.07.14 in Features

Amanda Silberling recommends five contemporary American poets

Foyler Amanda Silberling recommends five American poets to read and be inspired by.

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Posted 11.07.14 in Features

The life and poetry of Timothy Corsellis (1921-1941)

Find out more about the young WWII poet whose life and work inspired the Young Poets Network Timothy Corsellis Prize.

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Posted 24.06.14 in Features

Ted Hughes and the competition for young poets in his name

Conor O’Loughlin explores one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated poets, and introduces the Ted Hughes Young Poets Award.

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Posted 17.06.14 in Features

Reinventing the love poem with Hannah Jane Walker

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.

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Posted 29.05.14 in Features

How to read a poem closely, Scallop Shell style

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.

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Posted 03.03.14 in Features

Q&A with Poems on the Underground

Young Poets Network chats to Judith Chernaik, founder of Poems on the Underground.

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Posted 07.11.13 in Features

Remember, remember the 1st of November, Explosive rhymes, reason and plots – review of the SLAMbassadors 2013 Final

Poet Megan Beech reviews the sensational SLAMbassadors 2013 Final, which took place in the Clore Ballroom of the Southbank Centre on Friday 1 November.

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Posted 17.10.13 in Features

The SLAMbassadors Finalists

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!

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Posted 14.10.13 in Features

Ezra Pound, Imagism and a Poetry Society event…

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.

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Posted 03.10.13 in Features

Songs of the sea – lines from young poets

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!

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Posted 03.09.13 in Features

The Basil Bunting Poetry Competition

John Halliday discusses the poet Basil Bunting, and introduces the competition in his name.

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Posted 30.08.13 in Features

The pleasure of learning poetry by heart

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!

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Posted 19.07.13 in Features

Translation: “unravelling, unpicking, loosening the seams…”

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!

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Posted 09.07.13 in Features

Become a SLAMbassador!

The Poetry Society’s fabulous spoken word competition SLAMbassadors wants your poems and raps on the theme of ‘Identity’.

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Posted 05.07.13 in Features

Making poetry from music – the BBC Proms competition!

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.

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Posted 02.07.13 in Features

Go wild – submit to Popshot!

The editor of Popshot magazine explains the theme for the next issue and invites submissions from Young Poets Networkers!

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Posted 21.06.13 in Features

Gorgeous, inspirational video about the Foyle Young Poets Award

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.

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Posted 07.06.13 in Features

Poetry Overseas: Writing Across Borders

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.

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Posted 24.05.13 in Features

Waterlines: Canal Poetry

Canal Laureate Jo Bell invites you to write poetry inspired by your local canal.

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Posted 10.05.13 in Features

A Formal Feeling: the poetry of Emily Dickinson

Colette Bryce introduces the “durable as diamonds” poetry of brilliant, enigmatic American poet Emily Dickinson.

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False testimony: a twenty-first century introduction to Robert Browning

“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.

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Posted 26.04.13 in Features

Elizabeth Bishop and Poetry of Place

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.

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Posted 12.04.13 in Features

The poetry of John Betjeman – and a competition!

Justin Gowers introduces the poetry of John Betjeman and the competition in his name.

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Posted 11.03.13 in Features

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2013 now open for entries!

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!

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Posted 01.03.13 in Features

We need your top poetry tips!

This feature is a work in progress, because we need YOU! We want your top tips about writing and creativity!

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Posted 08.02.13 in Features

Cape Farewell Challenge 4: A ‘ditty box’ for the world

Sailors took ditty boxes to sea – what would you put in a box for Planet Earth?

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Posted 01.02.13 in Features

Cape Farewell Challenge 3: Experiments in the Jungle

Jungles, experiments and ants – write a poem responding to climate change!

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Posted 25.01.13 in Features

Cape Farewell Challenge 2: The Skin You’re Living In

Polar bears, arctic terns and a talking shire horse – write a poem in response to climate change!

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Posted 18.01.13 in Features

Cape Farewell Challenge 1: Consumerism and the Great White Sale

Icebergs and shopping – write a poem in response to climate change!

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Posted 09.01.13 in Features

In the Moment: The Poem as Time Machine Challenge

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.

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Posted 23.11.12 in Features

“When the frost/ Has wrought a silence”: Winter Poems challenge

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.

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Posted 16.11.12 in Features

I love poetry – should I study it at university?

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?

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Posted 01.11.12 in Features

Redrafting the Cosmos: workshopping poems from our recent Stars challenge, part 2

Our selected poets from the Stars Challenge share their poems before and after feedback.

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Shadow the 2013 T S Eliot Judges

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.

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Posted 26.10.12 in Features

Different Voices in Poetry

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.

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Posted 19.10.12 in Features

Poems About Stars – Selected Poets part I

Our selected poets from the Stars Challenge share their poems before and after feedback.

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Your Poems About Stars – General Feedback

The YPN Team offers general feedback on your poems about stars.

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Posted 05.10.12 in Features

Flo Reynolds Reviews Paul Muldoon, ‘The Word on the Street: Parnassus and Tin Pan Alley’

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.

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Posted 13.09.12 in Features

Stars Challenge for National Poetry Day

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?

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Posted 03.09.12 in Features

Submit Poems to YM: Colour

YM: Poetry guest editor Pheobe Power introduces the theme of colour.

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Posted 31.08.12 in Features

August Challenge 16: Pick A Title

If you’ve been following Jon Stone’s challenges you’ll have a whole anthology of poems – so pick a title!

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Posted 29.08.12 in Features

Challenge 15: Chinese Whisper Poem

Jon Stone explains how to write a Chinese Whispers poem.

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Posted 27.08.12 in Features

August Challenge 14: Earthquake Poem

Jon Stone explains how to write an Earthquake poem, based on a dadaist technique from the 1920s.

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Posted 25.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 13: Vampire Aubade Poem

Jon Stone explains how to write a Vampire Aubade, set in the morning after an encounter with an otherworldly, dangerous (and often beautiful) creature.

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Posted 23.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 12: Google Search Poem

Jon Stone helps you write a Google search engine poem using Google page results!

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Posted 21.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 11: Scoop! Poem

Jon Stone on how to write a Scoop! poem out of your own invented newspaper headlines.

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Posted 19.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 10: Manga Poem

Jon Stone on how to write a Manga poem!

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Posted 17.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 9: DVD Extra Poem

Jon Stone explains how to write a DVD commentary poem.

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Posted 15.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 8: U-boat Poem

Jon Stone on how to write a U-boat poem, where each lines fires three one-word torpedoes!

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Posted 13.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 7: Hollywood Remake poem.

Jon Stone helps you write a Hollywood Remake Poem.

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Posted 11.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 6: Jungle Trail Poem

Jon Stone how how to write a Jungle Trail poem, with a secret message hidden inside.

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Posted 09.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 5: Skeleton Poem

Jon Stone on how to create a Skeleton Poem, with no verbs or adjectives.

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Posted 07.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 4: Helicopter poem

Jon Stone on how to write a Helicopter Poem.

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Posted 05.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 3: Censorship Poem

Jon Stone on how to create a Censorship poem by blacking out parts of a page of text.

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Posted 03.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 2: Squid Poem

Jon Stone on how to create a Squid poem – one short to normal-length line, followed by ten long tentacle-like lines.

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Posted 01.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 1: Bookshelf Poem

Jon Stone on how to create a Bookshelf poem – from the spines of books!

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Posted 20.07.12 in Features

The Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award – Just days left to enter!

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!

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Posted 13.07.12 in Features

Popshot: Interview With Jacob Denno

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.

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Classic Poems: Poems Inspired By Set Texts

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.

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Posted 15.06.12 in Features

Classic Poems: Set Texts Set Free

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.

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Posted 14.06.12 in Features

Win the chance to review Paul Muldoon at Southbank Centre

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!

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Posted 06.06.12 in Features

Bring Poetry to People: Love, Peace and App-iness

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.

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Posted 01.06.12 in Features

Poem As Springboard: Use Existing Poems To Inspire Your Own

Use existing poems to inspire your own, plus order a FREE copy of the Foyle anthology!

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Posted 18.05.12 in Features

Find Your Internship

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!

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Posted 10.05.12 in Features

Poetry Happenings with Michael Horovitz


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.

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Posted 05.04.12 in Features

How to Read at a Poetry Open Mic

What’s a Poetry Open Mic? How do I take part and where can I find one?

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Posted 03.04.12 in Features

SLAMbassadors at the 100 Club, Reviewed by Rhiannon Shaw

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.

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Posted 15.03.12 in Features

Vote for the SLAMbassadors UK People’s Choice!

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.

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Posted 24.02.12 in Features

Submission Accomplished: Sending Your Poem To A Poetry Magazine

Kirsten Irving, editor at Fuselit and Sidekick Books, shares her inside take on how to impress magazine editors.

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Posted 16.02.12 in Features

In the Moment: The Poem as Time Machine

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)

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Posted 20.01.12 in Features

YM: Poetry Rebels

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.

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Posted 17.12.11 in Features

Beatbox with SLAMbassador Tiana Oldroyd

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.

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Posted 07.10.11 in Features

In Your Own Words

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.

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Posted 30.09.11 in Features

John Keats: Boxing Fan, Cricketer and Lover of Word Games

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.

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Posted 29.09.11 in Features

The Young Poets Network Eats Poems

We asked you to write poems short enough to ice onto cakes and the results were delicious!

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Posted 26.09.11 in Features

Poems Go Digital at the Alpha-Ville Patch Slam


Young poets Molly Pearson, Eleanor Watkins and Alister McQuarrie team up with digital artists to create new poetry installations.

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Posted 09.09.11 in Features

Rewriting: Get the Best From Your Poems

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.

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Posted 24.08.11 in Features

Join our virtual book group to receive a free book

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.

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Posted 05.08.11 in Features

Poetry Communities

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.

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Posted 29.07.11 in Features

Interview with Imtiaz Dharker by Helen Bowell

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.

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Posted 22.07.11 in Features

Creative Procrastination: Chris Meade talks to poet WN Herbert and young writer Esther Draycott

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?

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Posted 08.07.11 in Features

Summer Reading

What will you be reading this summer? Hattie Grunewald talks about her plans and asks others what they look forward to reading.

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Posted 01.07.11 in Features

The Superpoem: Update from Inua Ellams!

Poet Inua Ellams talks about using Twitter and showcases some of the poems we have already recieved from his Superpoem workshop.

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Posted 24.06.11 in Features

SUPERPOEM: Find out how you can take part

We are going to write a giant Superpoem at 12:00 noon on Wednesday 29th June. Find out how be included!

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Posted 17.06.11 in Features

How to Put On a Poetry Gig by Amy Key

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

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Posted 10.06.11 in Features

Futurepoets: Achieve Your Goals With Digital by Chris Meade

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.

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Posted 27.05.11 in Features

Poetry Games


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.

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Posted 20.05.11 in Features

Letter To A Young Poet from C.K. Williams

Pulitzer Prize winning poet, C.K. Williams, gives his advice for a poet starting out.

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Posted 13.05.11 in Features

Matthew Sweeney: Finding a Title

‘View of a Pig’ is one of the great poem titles, suggests Matthew Sweeney, who explains how a good title makes all the difference.

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Posted 06.05.11 in Features

The Way to People’s Hearts: The Possibilities for Poets in the Digital Age

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.

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Posted 28.04.11 in Features

The Secret of Poetry Competitions

Here’s our scoop on how to give yourself the best chance when entering a poetry competition or poetry contest.

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Posted 27.04.11 in Features

I Only Share This With You as a Warning…

Ever written anything “completely meaningless, hand-gnawingly, howlingly embarrassing”? So did Luke Kennard…

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Posted 21.04.11 in Features

Kayo Chingonyi on Discovering Douglas Dunn

Kayo Chingonyi tells us about discovering a copy of Douglas Dunn’s Selected Poems in an Oxfam bookshop and how it changed his life.

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Posted 16.04.11 in Features

Helen Mort: Keeping a Notebook

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 […]

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Posted 15.04.11 in Features

Jo Shapcott: Advice for Young Poets


In these films Jo Shapcott gives her tip on writing longer poems, reads her poem “I Tell The Bees” and answers your questions.

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Starting a Magazine

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.

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Posted 26.03.11 in Features

Benjamin Zephaniah

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.

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Posted 25.03.11 in Features

Confessions of a Young Poet Laureate

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.

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Stage Fright: the Fight Back

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

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Posted 24.03.11 in Features

Poetry for Peanuts

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.

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Posted 23.03.11 in Features

STAYING SAFE ON THE YOUNG POETS NETWORK

We’ve designed youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk to be a safe and welcoming. But, to help you help yourselves, we have some advice and guidelines for you to follow in order to stay safe online.

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