Young Poet Laureate

Every year, one young person from Worcestershire is given the title Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate. In this role, our Young Poet Laureate champions poetry as an art form with the aim of encouraging and inspiring other young people to write and perform poetry.

They are also mentored by a professional poet and given coaching on writing and performance.

The annual competition

The exciting competition runs annually and invites young people aged 8-18 years to put pen to paper and compete for the coveted title of being Worcestershire’s next Young Poet Laureate.

The competition has three entry age groups 8 to 11 years, 12 to 15 years and 16 to 18 years. Each year we run poetry workshops led by professional spoken word poets for young people in schools and public libraries.

Entrants are asked to submit two poems. One must focus on the competition subject theme and one can be on any subject you like. The theme for 2020 was ‘Identity’. The poems can be any length, and in any shape or form you like. Entry is free but limited to one entry per person. Winners are chosen by a panel of judges.

The panel of judges for 2020 included Birmingham Poet Laureate (2017-2018) Matt Windle, songwriter and performance coach Ade Holbrook, award-winning performance poet ‘Spoz’ and Sophie Green, Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate for 2019.

Worcestershires Young Poet Laureate for 2020 is Ellie Dart:

Ellie Dart has been crowned Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate for 2020.

Having assessed all the many brilliant entries, Ellie, who is from Kidderminster and a student at Wolverley CE Secondary School, was awarded the overall 2020 title for her poems ‘For Myself’ and ‘48/52’.

Ellie's winning poems

Read - For Myself by Ellie Dart

Read - 48/52 by Ellie Dart

Other winners

Amber Mc Andrew won the 8 to 11 age group with her poems ‘Identity’ and ‘An Ocean of Reflection’

Amber's poems

Josh Dyer won the 12 to 15 age group with his poems ‘An identity for someone who’s forgotten theirs’ and ‘One thousand men are walking’.

Josh's poems

If you would like to view performances of Josh and Amber’s poems, please visit Worcestershire Libraries You Tube Channel – Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate playlist

Previous winners

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2019

Our winner in 2019 was Sophie Green

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2018

Our winner in 2018 was Connor Evans from Wythall.

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2017

Our winner in 2017 was Oakley Flanagan from Hanbury.

Need more information?

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask:

Severn Arts
Elaine Knight
Telephone: 01905 947300 or 07776 530554

Worcestershire Libraries and Learning
Nicola Hinton
Telephone: 01905 846281