Poetry London Mentoring Scheme Appeal

Please donate to the Poetry London Mentoring scheme, to help us continue our support of low-income emerging poets

The Poetry London Mentoring scheme is now in its third year, and we need your support to help it continue. The scheme meets a real need, filling the gap between formal, academic and paid-for feedback for those early-career poets who cannot meet the costs of such support. Mentees from all parts of the UK are encouraged to apply and supported to participate, and last year’s mentees were based in Glasgow, Manchester and London respectively. Recruiting a fourth mentor for 2020, we hope to fund four places a year going forward.

Each talented emerging poet is matched with a prominent poet with proven experience in supporting the work of other writers. Feedback from mentees emphasises the indispensability of financial support in accessing the opportunities the mentorship scheme offers, enabling them to develop their practice, and to think imaginatively and ambitiously about their work.

Your donation will allow us to keep running this important scheme year after year. 

Click here to read more about the scheme.

‘Thank you so much for the opportunity with Poetry London's mentorship program! I'm sad to see it end, but we've had such a great time. I learned a lot, and valued my time with [Mimi] immensely! She even helped me put together a pamphlet.’
Alycia Pirmohamed

‘The mentoring scheme has been an incredibly useful experience, and it came at exactly the right time for me. Vahni has been a generous and inspirational mentor who has pushed me to experiment and given me a greater understanding of my own work and the wider poetry world.’
Ruth Sutoyé

‘It was beneficial to work with an established poet, who was also a lecturer (as that it one of the paths I wish to pursue in due course) and a good editor who could give detailed insight into the publishing side of poetry and what steps would be prescribed to take. The sharing of knowledge/contacts was one of aspects that were most beneficial.’
Charlotte Eichler



Poetry London is a registered charity. We rely on a combination of statutory funding from Arts Council England, earned income, and donations from individuals to survive and continue our work.

Our magazine provides a crucial space for established and emerging poets to publish their work. We give poets an audience, in an environment in which this is an increasing challenge. Our reputation for quality and diversity attracts the best international work, and offers new poets the recognition they need to develop their careers.

All of our poets and reviewers are paid for their work. Our website offers a comprehensive listings service, allowing poets and poetry organisations to publicise readings, courses and events for free.

Our publications and events are a vital part of the contemporary poetry scene, providing a high profile platform for poets to share their work, and helping to ensure the continued importance of poetry in our culture.

Every year, we need to raise £50,000 to continue and develop our work. Your donations will enable us to succeed, helping us support established and emerging poets, promote the value of poetry, bring new works to an international audience, and develop a varied and vital culture of poetry in the UK.

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To donate, please click on the button below, or send a cheque payable to 'Poetry London' to Poetry London, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK.


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