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BSL Slam: in conversation with Pazbi Zavatzki

In June 2017, London hosted the first ever poetry slam in British Sign Language. Pazbi Zavatzki is behind BSL Slam. He describes that first exciting event, offers advice to budding slammers, and explains why the rich language of BSL can’t be translated into English. Thank you for talking to us about your work on BSL […]

BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017 Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017. Run by the BBC Proms in association with The Poetry Society, the competition asks entrants to submit a poem about a piece of music in that year’s Proms season. There are two categories: 12-18 years old, and 19+. Excitingly, all three winners in the […]

Young Reviewers @ the Edinburgh Fringe: review of ​Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Every year Voice Mag sends a team of young reviewers to the Edinburgh Fringe. Sally Trivett shares with us her review of Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret, an inclusive space for regular and guest performers to express themselves. ★★★★ Founded as a safe space for marginalised poets often left out of mainstream performances, Other Voices […]

In conversation with SLAMbassadors judge Sabrina Mahfouz

SLAMbassadors 2017 judge Sabrina Mahfouz tells us what she’s looking for in a winning entry, how to write for performance, and about the importance of grabbing opportunity when it comes. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. First of all – you’re a very busy woman! Can you tell us a […]

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BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2017

The BBC Proms Poetry Competition, run by the BBC Proms in association with The Poetry Society, explores the connection between words and music by asking entrants to submit a poem about a piece of music in this year’s Proms season. The Proms is an eight-week series of music concerts and other events, held mainly at the Royal Albert Hall in […]

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Write Relief: poetry tips to help you cope with exam season

As soon as the weather starts hotting up, we’re reminded that – beach trips and barbecues aside – exam season is also looming for thousands of young people across the UK and beyond. To help you beat the heat of the exam hall this month, we’ve put together a few tips and ideas on how […]

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017

            The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017, for poems by writers aged 11-17, is now closed for entries. You can follow our social media pages (we’re on Twitter and Facebook) for updates – and remember to check back on 17 October, when we’ll be announcing 2017’s winning […]