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:


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!


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!


Become a SLAMbassador!

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


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.


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


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