Young People's Laureate for London


Giving young Londoners a voice through poetry

The Young People’s Laureate’s mission is to:

  • Increase the visibility of poetry in the capital, nationally and internationally
  • Engage and inspire London’s young people with poetry and the issues that affect them
  • Support the development of London’s talented young poets

Each year a judging panel of poets and educators select a poet under 30 to become the Young People’s Laureate for London. In April 2018 Momtaza Mehri was appointed the second Young People’s Laureate for London, following on from Caleb Femi.

During her tenure, Momtaza will be engaging young people (aged 13-25) across London with poetry through: residencies and commissions; co-curating a masterclass for talented young poets; and supporting the Young People’s Laureate Tour, taking place in six outer London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Bromley, Redbridge, Sutton, Brent and Kingston.

The Young People's Laureate for London programme is funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

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Previous Laureates

The Young People's Laureate for London (formerly Young Poet Laureate) has been running since 2013. Previous Laureates are:
• 2016-18 Caleb Femi
• 2015-16 Selina Nwulu
• 2014-15 Aisling Fahey
• 2013-14 Warsan Shire