A sixth Trinity School alumnus has been named by the judges as one of the top 15 in this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition.
Sienna Mehta, from Purley, is 16 and is studying English Literature along with Maths, French and Spanish for A level, having joined Trinity sixth form this term. She has been writing poetry since middle school.
His submission Not shared sees her receive a fantastic range of prizes from the contest organizers, The Poetry Society, to help her develop her writing.
Mehta and the other 14 winners will be invited to attend a residential writing course at The Hurst, the Arvon center in Shropshire, as well as receive a year’s youth membership of The Poetry Society and a bag full of books donated by generous publishers.
The Poetry Society continues to support award winners throughout their careers, providing publishing, performance and development opportunities, mentorship, and access to a paid internship program. Many big names in contemporary poetry have been honored with the Foyle Prize for Young Poets of the Year as teenagers, including Sarah Howe, Caroline Bird, Jay Bernard and Helen Mort.
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the world’s largest poetry competition for writers aged 11-17 and this year received more than 13,500 entries from 6,600 young people from 100 countries.
The award ceremony took place at the National Theater last Friday, with the reading of Mehta Not shared in front of a large audience. Her poem will now be published in an anthology of laureates, available next March.
“I think creative recognition is always so meaningful, because sometimes writing poetry can feel very insular — often you’d like to know if what you’re doing is objectively good,” Mehta said.
“Being in the Top 15 is amazing, not only because it always felt out of reach, but also because it gave me invaluable confidence in my writing and its potential to make an impact.”