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: http://issuu.com/independentleeds/docs/issue_2/1?e=12302811/33982884 (March 2016)
Thirty patients treated for female genital mutilation at Mid Yorkshire hospitals in just seven months: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/female-genital-mutilation-mid-yorkshire-9877233 (August 2015)
The arts class war starts here for Leeds Young Authors and ‘We Are Poets’: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/the-northerner/2012/apr/04/leeds-young-authors-wearepoets-poetry-slam-arts-council (April 2012)
Young poets discover their voices: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14135709 (July 2011)