Application Deadline
25 June 2023 00:00


From modest beginnings in 1988, when it was a listings newsletter, Poetry London has developed into one of the UK’s leading national and international poetry magazines. We publish three times a year and feature poems and reviews from across the UK and worldwide, many in translation. Poetry London attracts the best poems by the best poets currently writing in English. An important editorial aim is also to foster emerging writers. We review pamphlets and first collections in every issue, and we run an annual poetry and pamphlet competition, and a mentorship programme, as well as bringing workshops and events to the local community of Lewisham, where we are based within (though independent from) the English and Creative Writing Department of Goldsmiths, University of London. Supported by Arts Council England, Poetry London is a registered charity, independent of any owner, poetry organisation or publishing house. It is run by Poetry Editor André Naffis-Sahely and General Manager Ellen McAteer. We are supported by a Board of Trustees, which oversees governance.

Poetry London seeks new non-executive members to join the Board of Trustees, to advise, guide and support the organization to achieve its artistic vision and commercial objectives.

This is a particularly exciting time, with broadening audiences and increased media coverage bringing new readers to the world of poetry. We have just won renewed Arts Council NPO status and funding for the next three years. Poetry London has for three decades been a place where great poetry happens, bringing together the emerging and the established to an international audience. This is a unique opportunity to make a difference to the landscape of contemporary poetry, to bring your skills and experience to support us in the next stages of our development.


How to apply

If you would like to be involved in this exciting and long-standing magazine, and could bring valuable knowledge and expertise to the organisation, please enquire for additional details in the first instance to Ellen McAteer, General Manager, by midnight on 25th June 2023.

Job Description

The Board meets four times a year, three times online, and once in person for an annual away day, and members are also invited to attend our launches at the Southbank Centre, in collaboration with the National Poetry Library. Trustees are not remunerated, but we can cover reasonable expenses.

Person Specification

We are looking for individuals with skills in the following areas:

  • fundraising
  • marketing
  • legal and copyright
  • finance and accounting

We are also seeking poet-trustees with a wide and diverse network of contacts in contemporary poetry, the arts, events organising or publishing. In addition, we would be interested in hearing from candidates with the experience to chair the board of trustees.

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