Young Poet Laureate

Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate 2021 to 2022

Each year, young people from across the county are invited to take part in the Young Poet Laureate competition, run jointly by Severn Arts and Worcestershire County Council.

The competition is open to children and young people aged 8 to 18. Participants submit two poems for consideration. One winner is chosen for each age bracket (8 to 11, 12 to 15 and 16 to 18) and from the three finalists, one young person is awarded the title of Young Poet Laureate. 

Congratulations to our 2021 winners!

  • Faith Taylor, 15, from Bromsgrove has been crowned Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate 2021
  • Alana Booth is the winner of the 8 to 11 age group
  • Abbie-Lou Cox won the 16 to 18 age group

Read their winning poems at the Severn Arts website (opens in a new window)

The 2021 competition

This year’s competition saw over 100 entries with each applicant submitting two poems: one based on this year’s theme ‘adventure’ and a second about anything at all.

Faith was one of 12 young poets who took part in the final in April 2021 which was judged online by the outgoing Young Poet Laureate Ellie Dart (opens in a new window), and professional poets Kevin Brooke and Justin Coe.

As Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate, Faith will be invited to take part in commissioning opportunities, mentoring and creative residencies and to perform and talk about her work. She will also have her winning poems published online and in print.

Age group finalists Alana and Abbie-Lou each receive a certificate, £25 voucher and have one of their poems published online and in print.