The Poetry Society is committed to encouraging the development and production of new poetry in all its forms, and creating a space for poetry in the public domain.
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To mark the centenary of the First World War, The Poetry Society commissioned four of the UK’s most exciting contemporary writers to explore their responses to the conflict and its legacy. Steve Ely, Zaffar Kunial, Denise Riley and Warsan Shire each produced a searing new take on the conflict, exploring the theme from many angles.
The Poetry Society and Barclays Premier League partnered together to mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce. Ian McMillan produced a poem based on the ideas, images and poems of young Premier League footballers who visited the Ypres battlefields in November 2014. The poem has been translated into Flemish, French and German.
Since 2009, The Poetry Society, in partnership with the Mayor of Oslo’s Office and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, has wrapped the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree in a poem. Drawing inspiration from primary school children's poems written during workshops in November, a final poem has been written to celebrate this symbol of international friendship through poetry.
To mark the centenary of the First World War and as part of our ongoing Waterlines project, the Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust have commissioned a new animation of Allen's poem 'The Wind on the Downs'.
In September 2014 the Poetry Society took on a commission from Hands Across the Border to work with former Foyle Young Poets Jake Reynolds (England), Haf Davies (Wales), Julia Rampen (Scotland) and Charlotte Higgins (Northern Ireland) to generate poems exploring ideas of national identity, the concepts of borders, crossings, unions and separations.
The Poetry Society has worked with the Fleming Collection to commission a poem inspired by their painting 'The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’ by Sir Herbert James Gunn and mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Poet Alice Oswald and artist Chana Dubinski have collaborated to create a new filmpoem exploring water’s different states. The theme of National Poetry Day 2013 is ‘Water, Water Everywhere’. The Poetry Society commissioned this new work to celebrate.
The Poetry Society has commissioned four new filmpoems from poets Jo Bell, Liz Berry, Ian Duhig and Ian McMillan for National Poetry Day. Produced in partnership with the Canal & River Trust as part of the Canal Laureate 2013 project, the canal-themed filmpoems have all been produced by filmmaker and photographer Alastair Cook, and were premiered at National Poetry Day Live at the Southbank Centre in London on 3 October 2013.
The Poetry Society's Young Poets Network teamed up with Cape Farewell - the international not-for-profit organisation set up to instigate a cultural response to Climate Change, based in the Science Museum's Dana Centre, London. Poet Karen McCarthy Woolf set four poetry challenges hosted on the Young Poets Network which invited young poets to respond to Cape Farewell’s archive of photos, videos and blog posts. Switch: Year 2, led by Helen Mort was launched in December 2013 and will culminate in a large scale
Happy Birthday London Underground, 150 years old. ITV's news programme 'London Tonight' asked the Poetry Society to commission a poem to mark the Tube's anniversary. John Hegley wrote a poem on the spot. Here's his poem, 'Of Mice and Many'. Written, filmed and broadcast on 11 January 2013.
The Poetry Society commissioned poet Coral Rumble to write a guide to help parents and carers enjoy poetry with under 7's - to accompany their animated 'A Poem is...' series.
The Poetry Society commissioned Ian McMillan to write a new poem in celebration of our canals, marking the launch of the Canal & River Trust.
For Valentine’s day 2012, the energy ombudsman got together with the Poetry Society and poet Matt Harvey to call for more healthy relationships between customers and energy companies. Read and listen to Matt's anti-Valentine poem: a tale of lost love, suffering, heartache and ultimately rejection.
Specially commissioned by the Poetry Society to mark the 40th anniversary of the Churches Conservation Trust, Pauline Stainer writes 'A Kind of Quickening'.
Morrisons call on the help of Food Laureates, John Mole, Ian McMillan and Peter Sansom to find memorable ways of recalling recipes.
The Poetry Society collaborated with Tate Etc, the magazine of the Tate galleries, to curate their Poem of the Month during the Society's centenary year.