“When I was young, I used to tell my family that I hated poetry. Look how that turned out.”
Adham Smart was raised in Cairo and moved to London when he was eight, where he has lived ever since. He started writing in primary school, and then discovered that he might actually be quite good at it when he won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award at fourteen. After this he went on to be commended in it once and to win it twice more. Along with the other winners of Foyles 2006 he set up Pomegranate, an online magazine for writers under thirty. In 2009 he read at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate the acquisition of Siegfried Sassoon’s collected writings by Cambridge University.
The Poetry Society Youth Members Magazine
The Pygmy Giant The Rialto
BA Georgian and Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2010-13