Poetry in the landscape: Felicity's lament for ruined castle

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This poem, written by Felicity Lance, at the age of eight in 1997, won a national writing competition for young people that was judged by the poet laureate, Ted Hughes. Felicity’s poem, ‘The Sad Castle’, is about the nearby remains of Harbottle castle, and I stumbled upon it at the start of a walk in the Northumberland hills on Sunday.  

Felicity’s poem was carved into this stone next to the ca...

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Foyle Young Poets top 15 winners are named

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The Poetry Society has announced the top 15 winners and 85 commended Foyle Young Poets of the Year. The top 15 are:

Aisha Mango Borja, aged 15, from Oxford;  Eira Murphy, 17, Liverpool; Irina Petra Husti-Radulet, 15, London; Lucy Thynne, 16, London; Cia Mangat, 15, London; Lyra Davies, 14, Caerph...

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Magazine for young poets wants submissions

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Hebe, a poetry magazine that publishes poems by those aged 18 and under, is inviting submissions for its third issue on the theme of “patterns”. They say: “We encourage poets to be creative in their i...

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Deadline nears for Foyle Young Poets competition

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Kayo Chingonyi and Sinead Morrissey will be judging the 2017 Foyle Young Poets competition, organised by the Poetry Society for poets aged 11-17. Kayo Chingonyi said: “I will be looking for poems that...

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This was the place to be: primary pupils inspired by Manchester poem perform with panache

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This is the place where our future begins; this is the place where hope is alive, in a north Manchester primary school in Moston, just two miles from the Manchester Arena bombing. This is the place wh...

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Penelope Wilton lends a hand at launch of poems written by pupils in literacy project

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TV, film and stage star Dame Penelope Wilton was at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax to launch and read from a collection of poems written by Halifax schoolchildren who had taken part in the PoetryQ...

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Create a poem to mark Dylan Thomas Day

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Young people aged seven to 25 from all over the world are being invited to take part in Love the Words, an online competition to celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day. How to take part? Download th...

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Poetry to the fore at Southbank's young adult literature weekend

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Performance poet Lionheart will be hosting Young Adult Literature Weekend on 15-16 October at the Southbank Centre in London – the final weekend of the London Literature Festival. Poetry events during...

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Foyle Young Poets of the Year deadline reminder, from Phill Jupitus

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Comedian, poet and actor Phill Jupitus has recorded a series of films to let young writers know all about the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award and why they should enter. The 31 July deadline is nea...

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Young competitors to read with poet and musicians at arts festival

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Shortlisted and winning young poets in a town’s poetry competition will be invited to take part in a special reading on 25 June at Bourne Hall, Ewell, in Surrey, as part of Epson and Ewell’s first art...

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Could yours be some of the lines that make up Dylan's Great Poem?

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Young poets aged from seven to 25 are being invited to submit up to four lines of poetry in English or Welsh to help celebrate Dylan Thomas Day, with 100 lines chosen from the submitted entries to cre...

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Schools project opens eyes to power of poetry

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Last year Write Out Loud published news of a schools poetry project involving poets Winston Plowes and Keith Hutson working with pupils in four schools in West Yorkshire. This year Winston and Keith h...

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American's student poets on a mission during National Poetry Month

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You couldn’t imagine it happening in Downing Street – or maybe we just haven’t heard about it. But when five US youngsters were named National Student Poets last year, America’s First Lady, Michelle O...

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Wigan student Jessica Mason wins Poetry By Heart contest for pupils

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A student from a sixth form college in Wigan has won this year’s Poetry By Heart competition for secondary school pupils. Jessica Mason, pictured right, from St John Rigby College recited three poems ...

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Poets invite families for creative sessions in London libraries

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Poets including Aoife Mannix, Paul Lyalls, Francesca Beard, Guy Bass, Joe Coelho and Frances Hardinge will be taking part in Spine festival: Libraries Out Loud at London libraries from 3-5 March. Aoif...

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'Taking the poem inside you': pupils battle it out for place in Poetry By Heart finals

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Throughout England secondary school pupils aged 14-18 are standing up to recite in public two poems that they have learned by heart. The regional and county contests for Poetry By Heart, an organisati...

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Calling young poets: deadline nears for Agincourt competition

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Youngsters are being invited to take up a poetry challenge about the battle of Agincourt, celebrated in Shakespeare’s Henry V, to help mark the battle’s 600th anniversary earlier this year. The Aginco...

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Helen Mort to judge pamphlet competition for poets aged 16-22

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Helen Mort will be judging the inaugural Poetry Business New Poets prize,  a pamphlet competition for writers aged 16-22. Entrants should submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstandin...

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New Foyle Young Poets winners named on National Poetry Day

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The top 15 winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year award were announced on Thursday 8 October, National Poetry Day, at a special prizegiving ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southb...

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