Young Poets’ Stories research project

This website is the home of new poetry research project…

Young Poets’ Stories is a research project led by poets and researchers Sue Dymoke and Anthony Wilson which explores the development stories of a sample group of young poets who have been award-winning and highly commended entrants in The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, a well established international, competition run by The Poetry Society that has been running for 20 years.

Young Poets’ Stories is funded by The Foyle Foundation with support from our two universities (Nottingham Trent University and the University of Exeter). During the next two years we are investigating a rarely explored aspect of poetry writing development: the potential impact of mentoring opportunities on young poets (aged 11 – 30) who were award-winning and/or highly commended entrants in The Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2012-2019. If this description applies to you please read the Call for Young Poet Participants page to see if you would like to be interviewed.

We would like to capture the development of these poets in the early stages of their writing, after success in the competition. We plan to do so through interviews and discussions of examples of the poets’ writing with thirty young poets along with observations of a separate group of poets and their experienced poet mentors. We want to write a series of case studies and web-based resources which will add to what is known about poetry writing theory and the practice of mentoring young writers.

We hope these new understandings gleaned from our research will directly benefit young writers including many young people who may be unaware of the significant opportunities that the Foyle Young Poets Award could offer them.