National Poetry Day - Foyle Young Poets announced


04 October 2012
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How are you celebrating National Poetry Day? See if there's anything going on in your area, and discover Foyles' pick of the young poets to watch  ...

Happy National Poetry Day! Are you doing anything special today? Let everyone know in the comments and you might get a bigger audience.

Events are going on up and down the country to mark National Poetry Day, which this year is themed Stars. Visit the National Poetry Day website to find out what's going on in your area.

• Foyle announced the winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2012. A record 7,351 young poets entered this year, from 46 countries. The top fifteen are listed below, with a further 85 Commended Poets listed on the Foyle Young Poets website.

All 100 winning poets are invited to a prize giving at Royal Festival Hall today, where they will meet judges Helen Mort and Christopher Reid. They also receive book prizes and youth membership of the Poetry Society. The top fifteen also visit a residential writing week at the Hurst Arvon Centre in Shropshire.

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Winners were:
Naomi Hamilton, 16, Northern Ireland, ‘The Wilderness’
Conor Mckee, 17, Kent, ‘Hemingway’s Thirst’
Clare Carlile, 17, Sheffield, ‘The Everyday Hymn’
Tallulah Hutson, 16, London, ‘The Accident’
Abigail Setchfield, 18, Bedford, ‘Reduced’
Emily Burns, 17, Pittsford New York, ‘Minutaie’
Sarah Fletcher, 17, London, ‘Brighton’
Jessica Kelham-Hohler, 17,London, ‘Jim’
Phoebe Stuckes, 16, West Somerset, ‘Reach/Throw/Wade/Row’
Sonja Moore, 16, San Diego USA, ‘The Frame’
Jesse Rodrigues, 13, Maine USA, ‘Fire Knows’
Flora de Falbe, 16, London, ‘Five  things about the lake’
Dillon Leet, 16, London, ‘Birthday Present’
Phoebe Boswall, 17, Kent, ‘Baking’
David Carey, 17, London, ‘The Apple Tree’