Useful websites

The internet is a brilliant place to read poetry, find tips for writing poetry, and discover where to enter competitions or submit your poetry for publication.

We encourage you to explore for yourself, perhaps by browsing the links pages of these websites listed below which we have organised into the following categories:

This list is by no means exhaustive. If you find a site that you think should be included on our list, please email the details to us at [email protected]

Poetry online

A large and extremely informative site for childrens books in the UK - and don't miss their author interviews.

Books for Keeps
This is the website for the UK magazine 'Books for Keeps' which has thousands of reviews of children's books as well as articles on writing for children and interviews with well-known authors.

This web site is managed by Booktrust to help teachers, librarians, parents and young people choose books. Comprehensive links within the site or to outside organisations, giving advice for parents, children's book organisations, book lists by subject, search for author, recommended titles, children's book events, prizes and awards.

The Children's Laureate
Every 2 years, a new Children's Laureate is appointed - it could be an author, a poet or an illustrator. The website has information about the current Children's Laureate and much else besides.

The Children's Poetry Archive
A searchable database of children's poets and poems where you can listen to audio recordings read by the poets themselves. Also includes interviews with poets.

Gillian Clarke's website
Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, has a useful section on her website specifically for students and including resources for teachers.

The Guardian's Children's Books
Launched in March 2011, this site is aimed at children and has a host of information and advice designed to promote the pleasures of reading.

Glossary of Poetic Terms
Such a comprehensive list of poetic terms that poets of all levels (and teachers) would benefit by it. Sorted alphabetically, and thoroughly cross-referenced. Compiled, edited and cross-referenced by Robert G. Shubinski.

The Ministry of Stories
The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London using storytelling to inspire young people aged 8-18.

Poetry 180
American site, set up by US poet laureate Billy Collins. He says 'Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem each day of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind. They are intended to be listened to, and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers. A great time for the readings would be following the end of daily announcements over the public address system.'

The Poetry Library's Children's Zone
The Children's Zone of the Poetry Library website includes advice on writing and a list of poetry competitions for young people.

The Poetry Zone
Publishes children's poetry on the net as well as excellent book resources (including recommended book lists and poetry for 12 - 17 year olds), poetry book reviews written by children, lesson plans for teachers and interviews with poets.

Sheer Poetry
Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke have created this accessible and excellent website with everyone in mind, from students and teachers at all levels (i.e. primary to university) to the general poetry reader.

Word Central
A very inventive site that capitalises on the (underutilised!) ability of the internet to provide spatial dimension as well as visuals. It deals more with the fun of words than serious poetry, but it's highly entertaining (and educational) for kids and a good site for teachers to know about.

Young People's Writing Squads
Set up by Literature Wales in association with local authorities in Wales, the writing squads locate  gifted young writers - in both English and Welsh - in each Welsh authority region and introduce them to some of Wales' leading writers, and teachers of writing.

Young Poets (Canada)
This site 'radiates out like spokes on a wheel' from its e-zine, sPOkes, where young poets are published in a professional environment. They actively seek entries, in any style, in any poetic genre. The site also contains loads of information for poets and teachers of poets: a chat room, discussion lists, on-line interviews, feature articles, animated poems and much more.

Young Poets Network
Young Poets Network is an online resource from the Poetry Society for young poets up to 25, including features about poets and poetry, writing challenges, new writing from young poets and a list of competitions, magazines and writing groups which particularly welcome young poets.


Poetry competitions

Christopher Tower Prizes for Poetry
An annual competition open to young people aged between 16 and 18.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
Any writer between the ages of 11 and 18 can enter; closing date 31 July, annually. Winners announced on National Poetry Day.


Websites primarily for teachers and/or parents

Book Trust
Booktrust inspires everyone to enjoy books, reading and writing and the lifelong benefits that they bring.

Department for Education
The Department for Education's website has information about how education is structured and delivered nationally and provides access to publications on a whole range of school-related policies and initiatives.

The English and Media Centre
A great website providing teaching and learning resources for all aspects of English and Media. Includes the Poetry Station website where you can watch videos of well-known poets reading their work.

The English Association
The aim of the English Association is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the English language and its literatures and to foster good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels. This website contains current news, conference and prize information, resources for students, and an extensive index to graduate courses and papers.

NATE (National Association for the Teaching of English)
Dedicated to good practice in the teaching of English.

NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education)
A searchable directory of writers who work in schools, colleges and the community, plus a wealth of supporting information.

National Literacy Trust
Contains a database of articles and research findings related to literacy in schools and society;
also contains resources for improving literacy.

The Office for Standards in Education website contains downloadable publications about all phases of education including publications to do with Teacher Training and Local Education Authority.

100 Great Poetry Lessons
Fun, free-to-access poetry lessons, reading recommendations and tips from a qualified teacher. 

This rapidly expanding website offers innovative lesson plans (soon, we hope, in poetry)... worth a visit to see how they use interactive capabilities of the web. At the moment the best poetry resource is GCSE revision section with indepth study on Armitage, Duffy, Hughes, and poetry from other cultures. It also features a lively discussion board for teachers, parents and pupils on a myriad of subjects.

Visit the English Library, Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 for poetry on the site, online lesson plans, GCSE Exam Board material, and useful poetry links.

Teachers and Writers Collaborative
This American-based website has some features of interest to UK teachers. The WriteNet section contains some valuable resources for writers and teachers interested in teaching imaginative writing.

Teachfind is a website for teaching professionals with teaching resources, lesson plans and CPD materials. Type "poetry" into their search engine for access to useful poetry resources.

Latest news, comment, jobs, teaching resources and discussion on all things education.


Organisations that promote poetry

The Arvon Foundation
Provides residential writing course at various locations across the UK.

Poetry Book Society
With membership available for fans of contemporary poetry, the PBS also runs the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry each year and has a wealth of poetry book recommendations and interesting articles on its website.

The Poetry Library
Located in Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank, the most comprehensive collection of modern poetry books and periodicals 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. Extensive selection of childrens poetry books and audiotapes. Free membership.

The Scottish Poetry Library
Advocating the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular.

The Poetry Society's Poetryclass project supports educators, poets and parents in using poetry for learning. Please browse below for the kinds of support we can offer.

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