Achievements & Press

Some of our achievements include:

  • In 2015 LYA poets won the UK National Slam in London, ‘Shot from the Lip’.
  • In 2014 commissioned to write a poem on the theme of ‘True Grit’ as a part of Le Grand Depart, Yorkshire (Tour de France).
  • In 2012 LYA was winner of the National Youth Poetry Slam, ‘Shake The Dust’, hosted as part of the culture festival for London 2012.
  • In 2012 LYA appeared at the Olympic Torch Ceremony in Leeds at Temple Newsam.
  • In 2010 LYA came 1st place nationally in the Word Cup Team Poetry Slam in Manchester’s Contact Theatre.
  • In 2009 LYA came in 2nd place in the world at Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam & Literature Festival in Chicago.
  • LYA are the stars of the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary, ‘We Are Poets’.

See (some of) what has been written about us:

The power of words: (March 2016)

Thirty patients treated for female genital mutilation at Mid Yorkshire hospitals in just seven months: (August 2015)

The arts class war starts here for Leeds Young Authors and ‘We Are Poets’: (April 2012)

Young poets discover their voices: (July 2011)