Poetry Soundscapes

Four unique poetry soundscapes that immerse you in the beauty and vulnerability of our planet

Winners of the Switch Youth Poetics Challenge


Switch: Youth Poetics
has been developed by Cape Farewell in partnership with The Poetry Society. Now in it's second year, Switch 2013/14 featured poet Helen Mort (nominated for the prestigious T.S. Eliot Award), and was for writers up to 25 years-old. It took place online and in secondary schools based in London and Sheffield, from December 2013 to March 2014.

The programme created four challenges for which Cape Farewell, and the Poetry Society received 345 poems from young writers all over the country. Selected from these poems, which were written in response to the themes of disappearance, crossing boundaries and destruction as creation, the four winning poems have been set to their own unique score by Hollywood composer David Julyan, who has produced the scores for box-office hits such as Memento, The Cabin in the Woods, Insomnia and Eden Lake.

Sabrina Mahfouz, Cape Farewell’s brilliant Poet-in-Residence, announced the four winners and introduced their exciting new pieces during the Poetry International Festival at Southbank Centre. Watch the poems and soundscapes from winners’ Nat Norland (Emberman), Denisa Vítová (How we left), Rachel Lewis (Tigerless), and Theo Lewis (Lines of Memory).

Tigerless, by Rachel Lewis

Music by David Julyan. Images: Experimental go-pro video @ Marieke Helmus (shot at Ameland, Holland), 2014.

How we left, by Denisa Vítová

Music by David Julyan.

Emberman, by Nat Norland

Music by David Julyan. Images @ Simon Barraclough 2014.

Lines of Memory, by Theo Lewis

Music by David Julyan.