Aisling Fahey - Young Poet Laureate for London

Aisling Fahey is the Young Poet Laureate for London 2014/15. This programme is managed by Spread the Word and generously supported by The Legacy List. Visit the London Laureates website for more information, including a contact form to book Aisling for an event or commission.

Aisling says of her prestigious role:

I still can’t quite believe I’ve been given the role of Young Poet Laureate for London. I am so excited to work with Spread the Word over the next year to develop as a writer and as a professional artist. I’m ready to put my all into the role, to generate conversations with Londoners about issues close to their hearts, and to make poetry more accessible as an art form. I want to create a strong body of work over the year, and also to help Londoners create their own poems which tell their individual stories.

Aisling says she’s always been a writer, ever since making poems with magnetic strips on her dad’s fridge. Recently graduated from University of Exeter, her poetry often addresses the concerns and realities of being a young woman. Aisling was shortlisted for last year’s Young Poet Laureate for London, and has benefitted from a year of development opportunities including performing at the Barbican Young Poets Showcase in April this year, and in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She lives in Walthamstow.

Aisling was selected from a shortlist of six young poets aged 18-25 by a high profile panel, including poets Nick Makoha and Jacob Sam La Rose. The shortlisted poets were: Rachel Long Clare Mulley Ella Frears Laurie Bolger Debris Stevenson

Claire Gevaux, Head of Creative Programmes, The Legacy List said:

“Aisling showed an incredible spark of creativity, shedding unique light on what it means to be a young Londoner. We’re looking forward to welcoming her to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for a residency later in the year, further enhancing the array of poetry that is integral to the fabric of the Park. The Young Poet Laureate for London is just one strand of our ambitious plan for arts and culture, cementing east London’s reputation as the capital’s thriving cultural district.”

Aisling follows in the footsteps of Warsan Shire, who was appointed the first ever Young Poet Laureate for London last year. Warsan benefitted from a whirlwind year of commissions and development opportunities, and was named in 2014 as author of one of the ’50 great modern love poems of the last 50 years’ for her acclaimed work for women who are ‘difficult’ to love.

Aisling is busy undertaking a series of commissions and residencies including one in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Free Word Centre.

Follow her year at: #YPLLondon / @_AislingF