New Foyle Young Poets winners named on National Poetry Day
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 Southbank Centre. The winners are: Gaia-Rose Harper, 14, Shrewsbury; Sophia Tait, 14, Livingston; Sophia Carney, 15, London; Magnus Dixon, 15, Aberdeenshire; Eira Murphy, 15, Liverpool; Ella Standage, 15, Greenwich, south-east London; Apollo, 15, Berkshire; Ian Macartney, 16, Linlithgow; Ben Read, 16, Washington, US; Allie Spensley, 16, Ohio, US; Riona Miller, 16, London; Jack Sagar, 17, Preston; Maud Mullan, 17, London; Kajol Marathe, 17, Hertfordshire; Jonathan Stone, 17, Maidenhead. Each poet is invited to attend a week’s residential creative writing course at an Arvon centre or receive a poet residency in their school (age dependent). The judges were Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts. Foyle Young Poets of the Year is the largest award for young poets aged 11-17 writing original works in English. The competition is free to enter and poems can be on any theme, and of any length. Winners are published in an anthology, and benefit from a range of professional development opportunities offered by the Poetry Society. Foyle winners are also offered paid internships, and editorial opportunities via the Poetry Society’s online platform the Young Poets Network.