Hosted annually by The Poetry Society, is The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to have their poems published in the annual Foyle Anthology. 2018 marked the 20th Anniversary of the competition and to celebrate a gala event was held at the newly renovated Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth hall part of The Southbank Centre. Ten writers, whom all started their poetry journey by winning the award, were asked to perform some of their pieces.
Every year The National poetry Library at The Southbank Centre holds an open day, where they display new and rare pieces from their collection for the general public to explore. The theme this year was ‘Odyessey’s’ with a reading from three poets that evening in response to the theme.
Being a certified coach in North London, Mandy has focused on health and wellbeing for improving public health while also delivering consultancy services for the health service.
I love photographing rehearsals, watching as the actors develop their characters before performing in front of an audience. So when Julia of Jaybird Live Literature got in touch about taking pictures of a new touring poetry show she was producing, ‘What Days Were Having Now’ I was excited to capture the process.
Having spent time exploring the woods of Hainault Forest for their engagement shoot, it was great to catch up with Liz and Luke on the day of their wedding. The Sun was a welcome addition to a late October wedding and I was again looking forward to photographing at Orsett Hall Hotel in Essex.
Jess and Rich had chosen the Orsett Hall Hotel in the Essex countryside as the venue for the big day. For their engagement shoot we wandered the streets of Bishopsgate.
For Liz & Luke, they were not really sure about an engagement shoot but after asking them about their favourite places, they mentioned they loved to visit Hainault Forest in Essex. They visited Hainault Forest regularly as it reminded Liz of the woodland areas she grew up in.
Having postponed a few times due to the lovely British weather we are having this year, I met Laura & Gavin on a cloudy Sunday in Hackney Wick for their engagement shoot. After finding out that they enjoyed spending time running and cycling between Olympic Park & Victoria Park
Where else could you see a re-imagining of a 14th century poem, Piers Plowman, by a host of poets, artists, performers and musicians but, in the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall in London. Having photographed the Fair Field exhibition at The National Poetry Library, which contained a rare manuscript of Piers Plowman
I love London. Wandering around exploring all its hidden places. It’s amazing what you can find. Bishopsgate is great for this on the weekends as no-one is there and it turns into a bit of a ghost town. For Jess & Rich’s engagement shoot it was the perfect place to get some quiet moments in and around the architecture.
On a very typically wet British summers day I jumped on a train down to Brighton as I had been invited by Penned in the Margins to document the final dress rehearsal for their play, No Dogs, No Indians. A play about three intertwining stories that explore the effects and legacy of the British in India.
Just a little over a year ago, I met with Hannah & Dave to discuss the plans for their Islington Town Hall Wedding. They decided to meet for lunch at Shillibeer’s Bar & Grill in Holloway which was to be the place for the reception. The bar is housed in what was once the wood store of a Victorian bus factory.