Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Youth Ambassador for Poetry to read with the Poet Laureate

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Azfa Awad, Oxford Youth Ambassador for Poetry, will share a stage with Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, at this year's MCS Arts Festival Oxford on Thursday 3 July from 7.30-9.30pm. In her role as Youth Ambassador, Azfa, who is currently working on her first poetry collection entitled Beautiful Broken Homes, has been inspiring young people across the city to read and write poetry. She has taken part in a number of events throughout Oxford, such as the Oxford Human Rights Festival in February and Brookes's own OutBurst Festival in May. Azfa won the prestigious national Tower Poetry Prize for her poem, ‘Origins’ in 2013, and was Poet-in-Residence at Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival. In November 2013, Azfa was invited to meet the Queen and Prince Philip when she attended a Contemporary British Poetry Reception at Buckingham Palace. Azfa's role as Oxford Youth Ambassador for Poetry is co-sponsored by Oxford Brookes University and Oxford City Council. Brookes Poetry Centre's Senior Research Fellow in Creative Writing, Kate Clanchy, was instrumental in establishing the Youth Ambassador role.