What people are saying about the Award...

"It is fantastic to see a poetry competition which includes young people from all over the world. I am proud to support Foyle and welcome all those brave enough to show their work to the judges."

                                                                                                                    Martha Kearney, Broadcaster, Radio 4

"Winning the Foyle Young Poets of the Year changed the way I saw myself and my future. In short, it made me realise I could devote my life to the thing I loved, if I had enough determination"

                                                                                                                    Helen Mort, T.S. Eliot nominated Poet

"The Foyle Young Poet Of The Year Award is often that vital first inspirational step for literally thousands of poets. Long may it thrive!"    

                                                                                                                        Phill Jupitus (aka Porky the Poet)

"The Foyle Young Poets Awards are important beckoning points for younger writers. They recognise a poet's first adventures into a public space for their poetry.”

                                                                      Prof. David Morley, National Teaching Fellow, Warwick University

"We eagerly await the publication of the anthology of Foyle winners, as it provides tangible and fascinating proof that it is possible for young writers to be recognised for their work and published in a universally accessible format. This alone helps to inspire our pupils to get writing, not least when their competitive spirit is awakened and they think to themselves, 'I can do that!’”

                                                                       Ashley Smith, Head of English St. John's College School

In the press:


"The 15 poets of the future"       

Independent, 30th September 2013

"Teens turn to poetry in record numbers"          

The Independent, 30th September 2012                  

"Britain's newest generation of poets"

Independent on Sunday, 2nd October 2011

"The latest young poetic talents will dash from the starting gates on 7 October, with the announcement of the winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Now in its 13th year, the prestigious competition for poets aged 11-17 has a strong track record of identifying and encouraging some of the most exciting new voices who are currently reshaping the landscape of contemporary poetry."

Independent on Sunday, 19th September 2010

"The Young Poets Society: Meet Britain's rising stars of verse"     

Independent on Sunday, 3rd October 2009                                    




  "Poets Corner: Britain's new generation"

 Independent on Sunday, 4th October 2010                                                

"Previous winners have repaid their promise, and then some"  Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday, 7th March 2010


"A huge thank you for this opportunity: I can safely say being part of Foyle Young Poets has allowed creativity to sweep across my life like rain, and honestly transform it." Safrina Ahmed, Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2011 in her 'Diary of a Foyler'   

"This journey has been transforming and surreal. It’s something which you harbor in your heart for decades, a secret anchor that pins you down and reminds you why you must write. I am so thankful for the life-long companions I have gained, the new techniques I have learned, and the opportunities which have streamed across my life like watercolors. I would wish it on anyone with a passion for this craft, and encourage all young writers to submit to this competition while the chance still remains" Sara Henry, Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2010.

“It would be fair to say that, if it weren’t for winning the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2006, my writing would probably have petered out a few months after it started, and I wouldn’t have had any writing career to speak of. Going on my first Arvon course was an experience like nothing I had ever encountered before..The journey that started in September 2006 when I got that phonecall that all young poets wait for is far from over. My lifelong gratitude goes to the Poetry Society for helping me to realize my potential at the stage where it really mattered”             Adham Smart, Foyle Winner 2006, 2008 & 2009

"It is always such a pleasure to see the Foyle Young Poets' anthology and over the years I have been excited by the quality of winners' poems, with their unexpected images and razor-sharp observation. This year I have the even greater pleasure of being a judge"                   Imtiaz Dharker, Foyle Judge 2011

“What’s so amazing about this award is the large numbers of young writers the competition is able to inspire.  The encouragement of knowing what you’ve done has surfaced, and that you must be on track in some way, is huge.”     Jane Draycott, Foyle Judge 2010

“The Foyle Young Poets Awards are important beckoning points for younger writers. They recognise a poet's first adventures into a public space for their poetry.” Prof. David Morley, National Teaching Fellow, Warwick University

“More than anything else, winning the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award has helped fuel my passion for poetry even further while discovering and honing my own voice with the inspiring support of other same-wave-lengthers. Marvellous.” Dom Hale, Foyle Winner 2009 & 2010 (read the full article here)

“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my Arvon experience, and to thank you for everything you did to organise it. Although I was initially hugely nervous about going, it turned out to be one of the best weeks of my life - there are already plans for the 14 Foylers to meet up again at Easter! I'm determined to raise the profile of the competition in my school, as I think the opportunities it offers are incredible. Thank you again!” Phoebe Walker, Foyle Winner 2009

"Judging the Foyle award this year was pretty much the most rewarding thing I've ever had the pleasure of being part of so far. What I’ve read is a tribute to the talent and vision of the young poets, and also to the teachers who’ve evidently instilled such confidence and passion".     Luke Kennard, Foyle Judge 2010

“The Poetry Society understands that creativity is not a mathematical formula, therefore it cannot be taught, it can only be encouraged. What I learned there was impossible to learn in school: getting on stage around London, attending workshops with kids from vastly different backgrounds, being recommended for radio shows and going to the Hurst for an Arvon course with two world-class poets is not something that happens in formal education. Teach all the grammar and arithmetic you like, institutions such as the Poetry Society augment a young person’s passion for learning, and aid the application of this learning to life. The Poetry Society has been a direct and major influence on the choices I’ve made and the career I aspire to" Jay Bernard, Foyle Winner 2005 & SLAMbassador Winner 2004

 “As well as giving my poetry space to develop, the course also gave me a set of lovely new friends! Poetry is essentially our thoughts and feelings in the truest way we can represent them, and sharing this meant there was a wonderful openness and trust in the group. By the end of the week, I loved everyone and felt as if I had known them all my life. The casual, non-competitive atmosphere made it easy to write honestly without feeling self-conscious, and this was reflected in the work.” Phoebe Power, Foyle Winner 2009

 “Coming back into the real world has been a strange thing after the Arvon course, rather like waking up from a dream: a beautiful dream in which, in the valley of Housman’s “blue remembered hills”, one could sit and write and discuss poetry for hours, and where men wore fezzes with goatee beards; a place where you and your work are made to feel valued and appreciated. One question remains - Can I go again please?” Michael Kalisch, Foyle Winner 2008

The Foyle Foundation and The Poetry Society have been on an amazing journey over the last 8 years in developing The Foyle Young Poets. During this time the scheme has grown to become a major programme and literary award attracting thousands more applicants as we have pioneered new ways of targeting and reaching young people and schools. The Foundation has been deeply impressed at how The Poetry Society over this period has grown in stature, skills, professionalism and expertise as the scheme has developed and expanded helped by the Poetry Society’s national development role” David Hall, Chief Executive, The Foyle Foundation.