Poetry-Friendly Organisations

UK-Wide organisations

  • The Poetry Library
    The most comprehensive collection of modern poetry containing all twentieth-century work published in the U.K., a very wide selection from other English speaking countries and an unrivalled collection of translations.
  • Poetry School
    The Poetry School teaches the art of writing poetry through a wide range of courses, workshops, events, tutorials and seminars at venues across England and online. Download courses and email one-to-ones also available.
  • British Council - Literature 
    News on UK writers touring for The British Council, information on its literature events in the UK and worldwide, Literature Matters magazine and a complete listing of UK literature festivals (available online).
  • Poetry Book Society
    A specialist book club and a not-for-profit registered charity; members can buy books and memberships over the Internet at a discount and the general public may also buy goods at full price.
  • Apples and Snakes
    Apples & Snakes encourages and promotes poets who are working in an oral as much as a literary tradition, and offers performance poetry as a radical alternative to formal poetry readings and recitals.
  • The Poetry Archive 
    The Poetry Archive is the world's premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.
  • You can enjoy listening to the voices of contemporary English-language poets and of poets from the past, absolutely free of charge. The Poetry Archive is growing all the time so it is worthwhile to visit the site on a regular basis to enjoy their latest recordings. You can also purchase CD's of some of the Archive from the website.
  • The British Library
    The British Library has extensive collections of poetry in many of the languages of the world and from all periods up to the present time. Poems in books, periodicals, manuscripts, newspapers and sound recordings make up perhaps the greatest collection of its kind. The literary criticism that supports the interpretation of poetry is also well represented in the Library.
  • Academi - Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency
    Promotes Literature in Wales; contains two searchable databases (one for writers and one for publishers), a news room and a chat room.
  • Scottish Poetry Library
    The Scottish Poetry Library is the place for poetry in Scotland, for the regular reader, the serious student or the casual browser. Since its foundation in 1984 it has amassed a remarkable collection of written works, as well as tapes and videos. The emphasis is on 20th century poetry written in Scotland, in Scots, Gaelic and English, but historic Scottish poetry – and contemporary works from almost every part of the world – feature too.
  • Scottish Book Trust
    Has information about books, writing and writers. Also features a comprehensive directory of writers living in Scotland with direct e-mail links and administers the Writer's in Scotland scheme.
  • Book Trust
    For poets, the Book Trust (based in London) offers publications ('Guide to Literary Prizes', 'Looking for an Author'), book information, publisher information, and listings of book events and literary festivals - for regularly updated information check out their 'Books in the News' section.
  • Arts Council of England
    News and information from the Arts Council England offices around the UK.
  • English Centre of International PEN
    A worldwide association of writers. This site contains information about English PEN's activities in the fields of campaigning to promote freedom of expression, extend literacy and promote literature. 
  • Lapidus: creative words for health and well-being
    A membership association promoting the use of all forms of literary arts - poetry and other creative writing, journal writing, oral story telling, creative reading - for personal development, health and well-being.  Local groups, annual conference, regular newsletter and magazine.   
  • Poems in the Waiting Room
    Poems in the Waiting Room is an arts in health charity that which supplies short collections of poems for patients to read while waiting to see their doctor. The poetry cards are distributed quarterly. Each poetry card provides some seven or eight poems with about two hundred lines or so of poetry, drawn from both the canon of English verse and from contemporary works - poetry from Quill to Qwerty.
  • Poems For...
    Poems For... supplies free downloadable and print posters for waiting rooms, schools and libraries. Since 2004 they have focused on producing bi-lingual posters in acknowledgement and celebration of the nation's diversity.
  • Pensions for Artists 
    Raises awareness among cultural and creative workers about their general lack of pensions preparedness, highlights current pensions arrangements and recent changes to the pensions and benefits systems, alerts individual creative and cultural workers to the challenges, implications and consequences of future pension and benefits policies.

 Regional Organisations

  • The Regional Arts Pages
    News and information from England's Regional Arts Councils. See also New Writing North, the Literature Development Agency for the Northern Arts at www.newwritingnorth.com, and The South, a new not-for-profit group that aims to support writers, poets and communities in the south of England by agitating for new work, stimulating collaborations, setting up commissions and using writers in personal, family and community support projects, at www.thesouth.org.uk
  • The Wordsworth Trust
    The Wordsworth Trust, as the Centre for British Romanticism, aims to link the creativity of the past with that of the present. It runs one of the most ambitious series of readings in the country, with events every week from May until October, welcoming the very best of contemporary poets; it also provides residencies for three poets and artists and is involved in education and outreach work.
  • Keats House
    Keats House is a thriving museum dedicated not only to the poetry of John Keats but also to poetry in general. It works closely with local community groups, museums, artists and schools, and runs a popular poetry reading group. There are regular events bringing the life and times of John Keats to contemporary Hampstead.
  • LitNet
    A virtual literature centre for the west midlands region of England and beyond - for readers, writers, librarians and literature professionals.
  • Poetry London
    The definitive guide to poetry listings around London and outside London; also includes poems, reviews and features, courses, international and ethnic resources.
  • Poetry Can
    Poetry Can was established in March 1995 as a registered charity aiming to encourage as many people as possible within the Bristol and Bath areas to get involved in poetry activity.
  • The Poetry House
     is a new online poetry resource produced from St Andrews University. Named after a poetry research centre at St Andrews, the site offers "authoritative and reliable" information on international poetry. The site is divided into different global areas such as USA, Canada, Africa, South Asia etc. It also features reviews, articles on aspects of poetry, poet profiles and event listings. The Poetry House is the brainchild of Professor Robert Crawford.
  • The Poetry Trust
    The Poetry Trust runs the annual Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and promotes the reading, writing and enjoyment of poetry to a wide variety of children and adults. The Poetry Trust delivers a year-round programme of events and live performances, creative education opportunities, prizes and publishing initiatives which include: a sell-out Poetry Prom at Snape Maltings Concert Hall for the last three years (the hall seats 800), schools tours, teachers workshops, residential writing courses, community outreach, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Poetry Paper.
  • Poet in the City
    Poet in the City promotes poetry to new audiences, and creates a vibrant and high profile platform for poets. It does this through an extensive programme of live events in major venues across London and across the UK. Celebrating the best of national and international voices, its work makes new connections for the art form and encourages a greater engagement with poetry.