Organisations

Below you will find a comprehensive list of UK poetry organisations, ordered by category. Just click on the category name to open the list.

If you would like your organisation to be included, please email the details to us at listed@poetrylondon.co.uk.

The Albany

For spoken word, music and theatre events in south-east London.
Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Booking: 020 8692 4446
www.thealbany.org.uk

Apples and Snakes

The UK’s leading organisation for performance poetry. The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
Tel: 08455213460
www.applesandsnakes.org

Arts Council England

Funds arts events, oversees ACE deparments & regional arts boards. 2 Pear Tree Court, London EC1R 0DS
Tel: 0845 300 6200
enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk
www.artscouncil.org.uk

The British Council

Produces free listings of courses & festivals as well as organising events. Literature Dept, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN
Tel: 020 7389 3194
https://www.britishcouncil.org/arts

Cypriot Writers’ Association

Main activities are poetry readings, cultural events, festivals and dancing. There is also a theatre group. London-wide. Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 8-10pm.
Contact Maria Spyrou on 020 8882 7712.

Literature South West

Poetry Can – Poetry news, events and opportunities
www.literaturesouthwest.co.uk

Modern Poetry in Translation

Founded in 1965 by Ted Hughes, this is the UK’s leading poetry translation magazine. Publishing the best of world poetry, alongside translation features and reviews.
www.mptmagazine.com

Poetry Book Society

Long-established membership organisation for poetry readers which also awards the T S Eliot Prize. Dutch House, 307-8, High Holborn, London WC1V 7LL.
Tel: 020 7831 7468.
www.poetrybooks.co.uk

Poetry Can

The Poetry Can, 12 Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RH
Tel: (0117) 933 0900<a
www.poetrycan.co.uk

Poetry Foundation

Chicago-based independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry. They publish Poetry magazine and maintain a rich website with poems, features, resources, programmes, etc.
www.poetryfoundation.org

Poems in the Waiting Room

This registered arts in health charity supplies poetry cards for waiting NHS patients. Currently 30,000 are distributed quarterly nationwide to 1400 NHS surgeries. The poems need take account of a patient’s anxieties.
POBox 488 Richmond TW9 4SW
Email submissions & submission guidelines:
pitwr@blueyonder.co.uk
www.poemsinthewaitingroom.org

Poetry Society

Produces Poetry Review & Poetry News as well as running courses, readings & events for adults & children. •1st floor: BT Poetry Studio – venue for workshops, lectures & talks. • Ground floor: Poetry Cafe. • Basement: Performing space – different focus every night of the week. 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9BX
Tel: 020 7420 9880
info@poetrysociety.org.uk
www.poetrysociety.org.uk

The Poetry Translation Centre

A small organisation dedicated to translating contemporary poetry from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
PO Box 61051
London SE16 4YY
Tel: +44 (0)20 7078 7628
deborah@poetrytranslation.org
www.poetrytranslation.org

Royal Society of Literature

Organises 12 lectures, discussions & readings a year. Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA
Tel: 020 7845 4676
info@rslit.org
www.rslit.org

Scottish Book Trust

Sandeman House, Trunk’s Close, 55 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
Tel: 0131 524 0160
info@scottishbooktrust.com
www.scottishbooktrust.com

Writers’ Centre Norwich

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development agency based in Norwich, interested in both the artistic and social impact of creative writing.
14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE
Tel: 01603 877177
info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk
www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Asian Writers Workshop

Balbeer Bahi, Tara Arts Centre, 356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES Tel: 020 8871 1458. Also: Barham Park Library, Harrow Rd, Wembley.
Contact Nikhil Kapur on 020 8937 3550

Banipal

Magazine of modern Arab literature. PO Box 22300, London W13 8ZQ
Tel: 020 8568 9747
banipal@compuserve.com

Africa Centre

38 King St, WC2E
Tel: 020 7836 1973
020 7240 6649 (Book Centre)
www.africacentre.org.uk

Apples & Snakes

Poets in Education, The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG.
Tel: 0845 521 3460
lisa@applesandsnakes.org
www.applesandsnakes.org

East-Side

Runs workshops & events. Suite 16, Perseverance Works, 37 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, London E2 7NX.
Tel: 020 7033 2380
www.eastside.org.uk

English & Media Centre

Offers advice, support & courses to teachers.136 Charlton St, NW1 1RX.
Tel: 020 7383 0488

National Association of Writers in Education

Supports development of creative writing in education. Includes directory of writers & writing courses. PO Box 1, Sheriff Hutton, York YO60 7YU.
Tel: 01653 618429
clare@nawe.co.uk
www.nawe.co.uk

Poets in School

Advice on inviting poet to schools, includes directory of poets.
Info:www.poetryzone.ndirect.co.uk/index2.htm

Young Book Trust

Info on all aspects of children’s books & reading. Library holds all children’s books published in last 2 yrs. Book House, 45 East Hill, London SW18 2QZ
Tel: 020 8516 2977
www.booktrustchildrensbooks.org.uk

Artsline

London’s info service on access to arts & entertainment for disabled people. Have venue database online. 21 Pine Court, Wood Lodge Gardens, Bromley BR1 2WA.
Tel: 020 7388 2227
access@artsline.org.uk
www.artsline.org.uk 

Deafworks

Arts training, consultancy, support. 59 Banner St, EC1Y 8PX
Tel: 020 7689 0033
020 76891048 (text)
020 7689 1049 (fax)
general@deafworks.co.uk
www.deafworks.co.uk

Shape

Creates access to the arts, enabling greater participation by disabled and older people. Deane House Studios, 27 Greenwood Place, London NW5 1LB.
Tel: 0845 521 3457

Electronic Poetry Center

Library of poetry texts online, focusing mainly on contemporary experimental & innovative work from US & world-wide. Info:
http://epc.buffalo.edu/

Not the 4 of July 

Seeking poems to celebrate alternative America & global diversity. Patrick Cooper-Duffy
phcduffy12@aol.com

carolebaldock@hotmail.com

Gay Authors’ Workshop

Contact Roy Heaps, 80 College Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 5DS
Tel: 0208 568 3777
prdsprss@netscapeonline.co.uk

Gay London Writers

Alternate Fridays
Tel: 020 7733 4047
www.gaylondonwriters.com

Gay Men Writing

Various venues & times. Contact Shaun Levin on
020 7241 6450
gay_men_writing@yahoo.co.uk

The Isle of Lesbos

Info: www.sappho.com

Queer Way to Write

Postal/online. Queer Words, Magik House, Pembroke House, Morfa Mawr, Aberystwyth SY23 2HS
Tel: 020 7681 1956
mail@magikhouse.com

British Library National Sound Archive

Includes The Poet Speaks (British Council 1955-1975), National Poetry Centre readings (1979-1989), BBC Radio (1930-now), In Conversation (ICA, 1981-1993) & literature festivals. 96 Euston Rd NW1 2DB
Tel: 020 7412 7440
www.bl.uk/soundarchive

Literature Online Database

Includes full texts of English poetry 600-1900; Faber Poetry Library; Yeats; early US, modern US, & African-American poetry. Info:
http://lion.chadwyck.co.uk

Little Magazines Collection

Little Magazines Dept, The Library, UCL, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 7679 7796
www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/special-coll/litmags.htm

London and Regional Arts Board Literature Departments

London Arts Board, Elme House, 133 Long Acre, London WC2E 9AF
Tel: 0171 240 1313
john.hampson.lab@artsfb.org.uk

Northern Poetry Library Serves

Includes Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Durham, Cleveland & Northumberland. Established in 1968 it collects all poetry published in the area and contemporary work from throughout Britain. Postal lending. The Willows, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1TA
Tel: 01670 534524

The Poetry Library

Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX Info:
www.poetrylibrary.org.uk

Scottish Poetry Library

Mon-Fri, 11-6 (Sat 1-5). Branches throughout Scotland & mobile library van. Emphasis on modern poetry written in Scots, Gaelic & English. Also translations from around the world. Events & education programme. 5 Crichton’s Cl, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT
Tel: 0131 557 2876
inquiries@spl.org.uk
www.spl.org.uk

Smithsonian Folkways

Cassette collection. Info:
www.folkways.si.edu

Lapidus

Annual Conference in March. Promotes positive use of literary arts in personal development. Details of local groups in London, Birmingham, Bath & Sheffield can be had from London-based
www.lapidus.org.uk

Survivors’ Poetry

Promotes poetry by survivors of the mental health system. Supportive workshops for all levels of experience. Performances, outreach work & members’ anthologies. Groups all over UK. 34 Osnaburgh Street, NW1 3ND
Tel: 020 7916 5317
survivor@survivorspoetry.org.uk

CoolTan Arts

Mental well-being is enhanced by the power of creativity. A a charity run by and for adults with mental distress.
www.cooltanarts.org.uk 
CoolTan Arts, Unit B 237 Walworth Rd London SE17 1RL T: 0207 701 2696 M: 0798 565 8443

University of the Third Age

Regional organisations, includes poetry. Info:
www.u3a.org.uk

Second Light

Second Light Network is a network of 350 women poets with events organised in London and around the country. Their magazine ARTEMISpoetry comes out twice yearly and is for women poets only, publishing poems, reviews, articles, interviews. Poems (2 copies of each) should be sent to co-editor Dilys Wood, 9, Greendale Close, London SE22 8TG at any time. Specimen copies, £5, to include p&p. For further information contact Dilys Wood on
dilyswood@tiscali.co.uk

www.secondlightlive.co.uk

Haiku

British Haiku Society Colin Blundell, Longholm, E Bank, Wingland, Sutton Bridge, Spalding PE12 9YS Info: www.britishhaikusociety.org

Sonnet

Sonnet Central Info:
www.sonnets.org

Villanelle

Craft of Poetry  Info:
www.uni.edu/~gotera/CraftOfPoetry/

The AA Independent Press Guide

www.rimbaud.org.uk

Academy of American Poets

www.poets.org

Acumen Literary Journal

poetry, memoirs, criticism, reviews
www.acumen-poetry.co.uk

A-Gender

database of women poets in the UK.

www.a-gender.org

American Poetry Review

www.aprweb.org

Apples & Snakes

www.applesandsnakes.org

Author network

www.author-network.com

British Council

www.britishcoucil.org

British Library

www.bl.uk

Brittle Star

www.brittlestar.org.uk

Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour

www.coffeehousepoetry.org

Culture Map of Shoreditch

www.thestageshoreditch.com

Enitharmon

www.enitharmon.co.uk

German Cultural Foundation

Online English language magazine.
www.signandsight.com

HappenStance Press

for poetry pamphlets.
www.happenstancepress.com

Hearing Eye

www.hearingeye.org

London Magazine

www.thelondonmagazine.net

PoetCasting

poetry podcasts of UK writers.

www.poetcasting.co.uk

Poetry Archive

www.poetryarchive.org

Poetry Cafe events

www.poetrysociety.org.uk 

Poetry Daily

www.poems.com

Poetry International

Collaboration between Netherlands Poetry International and twelve countries featuring poems, news, reviews, discussions. Info: 
www.poetryinternational.org

Poetry Kit

www.poetrykit.org

Poetry Library

Excellent resource centre.
www.poetrylibrary.org.uk

Poetry Magazines

Includes first issues of Poetry Review, originally published in 1912. Also includes recent issues of Poetry London, Poetry Wales and Modern Poetry in Translation. More to come. Info:
www.poetrymagazines.org.uk

Poetry pf

A showcase of modern poets in which members have their own pages on the site, which include poems, bios, photographs, links to their own and favourite sites and their publishers’ details.
www.poetrypf.co.uk

Poetry Society

Central organising body for UK poetry.
www.poetrysociety.org.uk

Poetry Society of America

www.poetrysociety.org

Poetry Wales

www.poetrywales.co.uk

Prose-n-Poetry

www.prose-n-poetry.com

The Reader

A quarterly magazine based at the University of Liverpool (School of English) publishing reviews, essays, interviews and high quality new poetry and fiction. Also specialising in community projects and programmes for schools. www.thereader.org.uk

Rumi

www.rumi.org.uk

Seren Publishers

www.seren-books.com

Sheer poetry

Poetry resources compiled by poets themselves.
www.sheerpoetry.co.uk

South Bank Centre

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

The Poets House

Almost 20 years old, this NY site is the largest open-access collection in the US.
www.poetshouse.org

The Poetry School

www.poetryschool.com

The Poetry Trust

www.thepoetrytrust.org

Torbay Poetry Festival

Every October, check events and buy tickets
www.torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk

Torriano Meeting House

www.hearingeye.org
www.torriano.org

UK & Irish Poetry

set up by Edward Barker, AB Jackson 
www.thepoem.co.uk

Caribbean Women Writers’ Alliance

Based at Caribbean Centre, Goldsmith’s, New Cross, SE14 6NW Contact Joan Anim-Addo on
020 7919 7395
cea01jaa@gold.ac.uk

Clean Break Theatre Co

Performance Poetry for Women with Experience of the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Systems, 2 Patshull Rd, NW5 2LB
Tel: 020 7482 8600
lillie@cleanbreak.org.uk

Convergence

Women’s Workshops Contact Pauline on
020 8558 7199

Female Eye

Support & services for women writers. Watersmead, Norwood Green Hall, Halifax HX38 8QX

Mslexia

Magazine for women writers. Mystery Guest editors include  the best. PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ
Tel: 0191 281 9772
Daneet Steffens at
editor@mslexia.co.uk

www.mslexia.co.uk

Second Light

Second Light Network is a network of 350 women poets with events organised in London and around the country. Their magazine ARTEMISpoetry comes out twice yearly and is for women poets only, publishing poems, reviews, articles, interviews. Poems (2 copies of each) should be sent to co-editor Dilys Wood, 9, Greendale Close, London SE22 8TG at any time. Specimen copies, £5, to include p&p. For further information contact Dilys Wood on
dilyswood@tiscali.co.uk
www.secondlightlive.co.uk

Women Writers Network

Manchester 4th Tue. Pankhurst Centre, 60-20 Nelson St M13. Monthly speaker, networking & food. Tel: 0161 929 0894. London Meets Conway Hall, Lion, WC1 Contact 21 Prospect Rd, NW2 2JU