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Posted 23.09.14 in Workshop

Gold: the challenge

Travel in the realms of gold with our new challenge in collaboration with The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Feast your eyes on some of the stunning pieces from the Gold exhibition and then find your own way to write about this most precious of metals. Winners will be published on Young Poets Network and receive some goodies from the gallery shop.

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Posted 19.09.14 in Workshop

We want your lines and phrases of poetry on the theme of Remember

It’s National Poetry Day on Thursday 2 October and we’d love you to help us celebrate! The theme this year is Remember, and we are asking for your lines and phrases of poetry on this subject to post on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day and publish on Young Poets Network.

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Posted 22.08.14 in Workshop

Timothy and transition: the final August challenge

Foyle summer intern Hannah Locke sets our final August challenge – a month of vivid and varied reading and writing tasks from Foyle Young Poets to get you inspired! This challenge encourages you to write a poem for the Timothy Corsellis Prize, the new annual poetry award on Young Poets Network, by looking at the theme of transition or change.

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Posted 14.08.14 in Workshop

Making poetry from maths & science: the third summer challenge!

Jade Cuttle, a former Foyle winner and one of the 2014 Foyle summer interns, sets the third of our four August challenges – a month of vivid and varied reading and writing tasks from Foyle Young Poets to get you inspired! This challenge is specifically for poets aged 13 and under, and shows you some exciting new ways to write.

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Posted 08.08.14 in Workshop

Keith Douglas and detachment: the second summer challenge!

Dominic Hale, a former Foyle winner, sets the second of our four August challenges – a month of vivid and varied reading and writing tasks from Foyle Young Poets to get you inspired! This challenge encourages you to write a poem for the Timothy Corsellis Prize, the new annual poetry award on Young Poets Network, by looking at the work of WWII poet Keith Douglas.

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Posted 01.08.14 in Workshop

Writing poetry on location – the first of the August challenges!

Phoebe Thomson introduces the first of our August challenges – a month of vivid and varied reading and writing tasks from Foyle Young Poets to get you inspired! This challenge asks you to write a poem on location.

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Posted 11.07.14 in Workshop

The First Annual Timothy Corsellis Prize

Young Poets Network is very excited to announce the first annual Timothy Corsellis Prize, for poems responding to the Second World War. Discover some fascinating young soldier-poets and write a poem in response to their life or work. The lucky winners, chosen by judges from the Poetry Society, the Imperial War Museum and the War Poets Association, will receive cash prizes, poetry books, poetry posters and publication!

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Posted 16.05.14 in Workshop

Sigmund Freud, war and disillusionment – new writing challenge

The team at the Freud Museum introduce the celebrated psychologist Sigmund Freud, and his writing about war and humankind – and challenge you to write a poem in response.

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Posted 23.04.14 in Workshop

In Shakespeare’s Shoes – new writing challenge with the Victoria & Albert Museum!

The team behind the new Shakespeare display at the Victoria and Albert Museum inspire you to inhabit one of Shakespeare’s characters in our new writing challenge.

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Posted 24.03.14 in Workshop

Edith Sitwell, eccentricity and sounds – new writing challenge!

As part of the celebrations for the Edith Sitwell Festival 2014, Charles Mundye discusses the poet’s life and work, and sets two intriguing and inspiring writing challenges!

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Posted 07.02.14 in Workshop

Crossing the Line – Helen Mort’s final Cape farewell challenge

Former Foyle Young Poet Helen Mort sets out her fourth and final poetry writing challenge, asking you to respond to images from Cape Farewell’s archive of photos, videos and blog posts.

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Posted 17.01.14 in Workshop

Building it up, breaking it down – Helen Mort’s third Cape Farewell challenge

Former Foyle Young Poet Helen Mort sets out her third poetry writing challenge, asking you to respond to images from Cape Farewell’s archive of photos, videos and blog posts.

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Posted 23.12.13 in Workshop

On the Move – Helen Mort’s second Cape Farewell writing challenge

Former Foyle Young Poet Helen Mort sets out her second poetry writing challenge, asking you to respond to images from Cape Farewell’s archive of photos, videos and blog posts.

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Posted 20.12.13 in Workshop

Vanishing Acts – Helen Mort sets the first of her new Cape Farewell challenges

Five-times-Foyle Young Poet and TS Eliot Prize-nominated Helen Mort introduces the first of her four poetry writing challenges, asking you to respond to images from Cape Farewell’s archive of photos, videos and blog posts.

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Posted 07.11.13 in Workshop

The Free Word challenge – is there a crisis of trust?

Young Poets Network has teamed up with Free Word, who work at the meeting point of literature, literacy and free expression, to offer you the chance to write a new poem inspired by the theme of ‘trust’. Winners will receive prizes, publication and a reading opportunity – read on for further details, as Free Word tells us more about the idea of trust and the poetry challenge:

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Posted 25.10.13 in Workshop

English National Ballet – the challenge!

English National Ballet has teamed up with the Poetry Society and Young Poets Network to offer you the chance to write a special poem based on their swashbuckling new ballet Le Corsaire; a tale of love, intrigue and betrayal inspired by Lord Byron’s poem The Corsair.

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Posted 19.09.13 in Workshop

English National Ballet – the teaser challenge!

We are very excited to announce that English National Ballet is staging a brand new production of Le Corsaire, a ballet inspired by Lord Byron’s poem The Corsair (1814) – and want Young Poets Networkers to get involved!

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Posted 23.08.13 in Workshop

Putting on a mask – the final Foyler August challenge!

Sarah Fletcher, Foyle Young Poet Winner 2012, calls for your poems in the last of our August challenges – a month of exciting reading and writing tasks from Foyle Young Poets to get your teeth stuck into!

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Posted 16.08.13 in Workshop

Page and Performance – the third Foyler August challenge!

Charlotte Higgins, Foyle Young Poet and SLAMbassadors winner, gives you the third August challenge – a month of exciting reading and writing tasks from Foyle Young Poets to get your teeth stuck into!

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Posted 09.08.13 in Workshop

Good things, small packages – the second Foyler August challenge!

Matthew Broomfield, a former Foyle Young Poet, presents the second of our August challenges – a month of exciting reading and writing tasks from Foyle Young Poets to get your teeth stuck into!

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Posted 02.08.13 in Workshop

Go off-the-wall with Gertrude Stein & the first Foyler August challenge!

Fielding Ronshaugen, a former Foyle Winner and Foyle Summer Intern at the Poetry Society, introduces the first of our August challenges – a month of exciting reading and writing tasks from Foyle Young Poets to get your teeth stuck into!

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Posted 12.07.13 in Workshop

Your top tips! Part II – editing and redrafting…

We asked for your top tips on all steps of the creative process, from inspiration and getting the words down, to that pesky umpteenth redraft. And you all bowled us over with your poetry know-how! You could think of this as your one-stop writing workshop, together with Part II!

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Your top tips! Part I – getting in the right mindset…

We asked for your top tips on all steps of the creative process, from inspiration and getting the words down, to that pesky umpteenth redraft. And you all bowled us over with your poetry know-how! You could think of this as your one-stop writing workshop, together with Part II!

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Posted 31.05.13 in Workshop

Sing in the dawn chorus!

Lend your voice to the dawn chorus!

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Posted 22.03.13 in Workshop

Get feedback on your poem from Clare Pollard!

Brilliant poet Clare Pollard offered fifty lucky poets the opportunity to send in a poem and receive feedback. Unfortunately we couldn’t pass on all the great entries we received, so for those who weren’t randomly selected, the Young Poets Network team has compiled a list of tips and advice based on all the poems that came in.

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Posted 20.12.12 in Workshop

Knock, knock, who’s there? Poems go visiting…

What would happen if La Belle Dame Sans Merci met the Jabberwock? Or if the Owl and the Pussycat met Macavity the Mystery Cat? For this workshop, which gets you thinking hard about point of view, we want you to imagine a meeting between two colourful characters from poetry!

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Posted 10.12.12 in Workshop

Land of the ocean-noise: create your own kennings!

Bed of fish, smooth path of ships, island-ring, realm of lobsters, slopes of the sea-king, whale-house, land of the ocean-noise, blood of the earth, frothing beer of the coastline… Debbie Potts explores the world of kennings – tiny, metaphorical riddles used by Viking and Anglo-Saxon poets – and challenges all you twenty-first century poets to create your own!

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Posted 19.10.12 in Features, Workshop

Your Poems About Stars – General Feedback

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

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Posted 26.09.12 in Workshop

Imagism’s 100th Birthday Challenge

One hundred years ago, in September 1912 in the British Museum tea shop, London, Ezra Pound described his poet-friends H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and Richard Aldington as imagistes…

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Posted 15.08.12 in Workshop

Red Rascal Strawberry

Red Rascal Strawberry is e-anthology, written by members of YPN, taking you on a tour of homes and landscapes, from bright and luxurious gardens through to exciting and sinister buildings.

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Posted 27.07.12 in Workshop

The Giant Olympic Relay Poem is Here!

We asked you to send us Olympic couplets which we could join together into a giant Olympic Relay Poem. We had an amazing response, read the poem and find your couplet!

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Posted 01.06.12 in Workshop

Olympic Poem Relay: Write Your Two Line Lap

We’re creating a giant relay poem to help prepare for the Olympics, and we’re asking you to contribute two lines! Plus our favourite three submissions will win Young Poet Network notebooks.

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Posted 24.02.12 in Workshop

The Great Memory Animator with Daljit Nagra

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Posted 08.02.12 in Workshop

Imagined Lives Poetry Challenge


Young Poets Network is collaborating with the National Portrait Gallery for a new challenge, inviting you to write a history for one of the unknown faces in the Gallery’s Collection in their current display Imagined Lives: Portraits of unknown people.

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Posted 14.12.11 in Workshop

Glyn Maxwell’s Dramatic Monologue Challenge


Glyn Maxwell talks about the cross over between writing poetry and plays. The key is to inhabit the whole world in order to make your character real.

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Posted 23.10.11 in Workshop

Jack Underwood Asks “Why Should Anyone Care?”


Think of your poems as a person going up to strangers and talking to them, what must the poem do to make people listen? Award winning poet Jack Underwood’s workshop will help write a new poem to engage your reader. Click “read on” to take part.

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Posted 07.10.11 in Workshop

Writing Misguided Tours: Live Workshop Saturday 22nd October at 2pm


Join poet Richard Tyrone Jones and if:book’s Chris Meade for an online workshop on Writing (Mis)Giuded Tours and Other Poetry Happenings on Saturday 22nd October at 2PM where you will be guided into writing your own (Mis)guided Tour Poem.

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Posted 02.09.11 in Workshop

Poetry Digest: Slipping Poetry into the Bloodstream

Meet Poetry Digest, the magazine that ices poems on cakes!

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Posted 24.08.11 in Workshop

Wish You Were Here…

Write your own holiday-inspired ‘poem on a postcard’, and view Clare Pollard’s feedback on her favourite poems from last years Poetry Exchange.

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Posted 19.08.11 in Workshop

The Future – what does it look like to you?

What does ‘The Future’ look like to you? Write a poem with ‘The Future’ as your theme, and view some poetry installations on the same theme.

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Posted 05.08.11 in Workshop

Write a Like Starlings Poem with poet and editor Caleb Klaces

Like Starlings is a project where poets collaborate to write poems in response to one another. This week Caleb Klaces, founder of Like Starlings, is offering you the chance to write your own Like Starlings style poem. Selected poems will be featured on the Young Poets Network website and five poets will receive Te Neves Notebooks.

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Posted 10.06.11 in Workshop

Clare Pollard Offers Feedback on Poems in Form


For this week’s troubleshooting session, I’d like you to send me poems that uses form – whether you’re struggling with a sonnet or having hassle with your haiku, I’d like to help! Not Sure what form to pick – why not write a ballad.

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Posted 27.05.11 in Workshop

Clare Pollard: Gives You Feedback


We all know how helpful it is to get feedback on your work, Clare Pollard is offering her advice on your problem poems!

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Posted 13.05.11 in Workshop

Joelle Taylor’s Poetry Challenge

Joelle Taylor reads her poem ‘No Man’s Land’ and invites you to write a poem inhabiting another character.

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Posted 13.02.11 in Workshop

Ross Sutherland’s Poetry Challenge

Can you write a poem that sticks to just one vowel? Take up Ross Sutherland’s challenge, inspired by the Oulipo movement of the 1960s.

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