Caitlin Pyper was one of fifteen talented winners invited to London to receive a prestigious 2018 Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

With over 11,000 entries to the competition from over 80 countries, Caitlin’s creative flair for poetry writing is demonstrated by this fantastic achievement. Her moving poem, titled ‘Mrs Richard’s Year’, was inspired by her transition from Junior to Senior School and began as a piece of work in the classroom.

Speaking about this year’s winning entries, Caroline Bird, Foyle Judge 2018, described the works as “politically brave and socially aware; much braver than I remember feeling at that age. As long as they hold on to that wisdom, humankind might be all right.” A glowing review, of which all winners should be extremely proud.

As if this wasn’t enough to celebrate, on 1st October Caitlin was interviewed by BBC Look North about her fantastic achievement. Caitlin read a short excerpt from her poem and described her total surprise on finding out she was a winner. How did she celebrate, you might ask? There was only one thing for it: cake, cake and more cake!

Caitlin’s poem will be published in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award anthology which includes the poems from the 15 winners of the competition. As well as attending the prestigious awards ceremony at the South Bank Centre, London, Caitlin has the opportunity to attend the prestigious Arvon writing course, led by highly acclaimed writers. Huge congratulations, Caitlin.


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