Teens turn to poetry in record numbers
A record number of 11- to 17-year-olds have entered this year's Young Poets of the Year Award. More than 7,000 young people have submitted works to this year's contest, amid a growing consensus that poetry is cool. From rap-style onslaughts in packed-out poetry "slams" to performance artists appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and the Big Chill, poetry is being brought into the mainstream as never before.
The internet has spawned blogs showcasing new work. Artists such as the Mercury-winning poet and rapper Speech Debelle, as well as spoken-word performers Disraeli and Kate Tempest, are inspiring young followers. More than 3,200 are involved in an online network for young poets run by the Poetry Society.