Mary Wollstonecraft was a groundbreaking Enlightenment philosopher. She wrote the first English language call for the equality of the sexes, and became the world’s first female war correspondent when she traveled to France to report on the “Reign of Terror”.
Bee Rowlett asked poets to respond to one of Mary’s quotes, Jack choosing “I am the first of a new genus!” for his poem Origins.
Read Jack’s poem and a lively account of Mary’s life here.
Of the 400 entries to the Young Poets Network ‘Moon Challenge’, judge Nii Parkes commended Jack Cooper’s Wane.
You can read Wane here.
To celebrate Carol Ann Duffy’s legacy as Poet Laureate, the Young Poets Network asked poets aged 5-25 around the world to respond to her works.
Judge (and Duffy expert) Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards selected Jack Cooper as the third prize winner.
A private man, public spaces was inspired by Duffy’s diction, along with her common themes of suffering and queer love.
Mari commented, ‘this poem respects her connection with men, their lives and their work in its naming of masculine fragilities’, and praised its references to The Anvil and some of Duffy’s influences.
You can find out more about the competition, and its winners, here.