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Young Poet Laureate


The search for Worcestershire's next Young Poet Laureate is on

We're looking for a young poet with something to say and who loves saying it with words!

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. 

What is the prize?

As well as being known as Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate for the year (what a great thing for future CVs!), the winner's name is engraved on the trophy which they can keep for the year. In addition to this they will be mentored by a professional poet and given coaching on writing and performance.

How we choose our Young Poet Laureate

Our exciting competition runs from 13 January until 8 March 2020. During this period, young people across the county are invited to put pen to paper and compete for the coveted title of being Worcestershire’s next Young Poet Laureate.

The competition has three age groups 8 to 11 years, 12 to 15 years and 16 to 18 years. We're not necessarily looking for the next Shakespeare but if one is found, they won't be turned away!

Each year we run poetry workshops led by professional spoken word poets for young people in schools and public libraries.

Details of the workshop locations will be shared soon.  

What do you need to do to enter?

Submit two poems, one of which needs to be on the subject of ‘Identity’. The other one can be on any subject. The poems can be any length, and in any shape or form you like. Entry is free but limited to one entry per person.

Poems can be sent by email to wordup@worcestershire.gov.uk, text to 07876 144905 or, if you like send us a video of yourself reading your poem.

Download: Young Poet Laureate application form

Our current Young Poet Laureate is Sophie Green 

Worcestershire's Young Poet for 2019 was announced, following a live performance event at The Hive on Sunday 20 January 2019.

After a close competition, Sophie Green, 18, a psychology student at University of Worcester from Redditch, took the 2019 title with her poems 'There is no filthy to this' and 'Manchester'.

The runners up were Catherine Darwen, aged 19, a University of Worcester student and Cat Jones from St John's, Worcester. 

Read Sophie's Poems

Previous winners

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2018

Our winner in 2018 was Connor Evans from Wythall.

Read Connor's winning poems

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2017

Our winner in 2017 was Oakley Flanagan from Hanbury.

Read Oakley's winning poems

How can you find out more

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

Severn Arts;
Elaine Knight:
Telephone: 01905 947300 or 07776 530554
Email: e.knight@severnarts.org.uk

Worcestershire Libraries and Learning
Natalie McVey
Telephone: 01905 843663 ;or 07876 144905
Email: nmcvey@worcestershire.gov.uk