Special Collection

Special Collections

National Memory Day Collection

National Memory Day is an annual celebration of poetry and creative writing for people affected by memory loss. National Memory Day raises awareness of the challenges for families, carers and those living with memory loss face and raises funds to support Poetry workshops which explore memory through a year-round poetry programme.

We have created this collection of our favourite poems about memory and about individual memories together with poems that are fun to remember. We hope you listen and enjoy with loved ones and we hope they trigger some lovely memories for you.

National Memory Day is a joint initiative led by Literature Works in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Plymouth University and The Poetry Archive. If you would like to learn more about National Memory Day or how you can get involved please visit the website.

Classic Collection

Sykes Cottages offer the finest handpicked cottage holidays across the UK and Ireland. They have teamed up with us to create this collection of some of the finest classic poets from across UK and Ireland.

The poets in this collection were inspired by, not only emotions and feelings like love and loss, but also by the nature and landscapes of the British and Irish countryside’s. From Housman’s description of the trees of Wenlock Edge to Keats’ depiction of Autumn.  We hope you’ll listen and enjoy these poems and use them as inspiration to get out and explore the countryside for yourself.

Visit the Sykes Cottage website to view their selection of cottages.

Writing Places

The recordings in this collection were all made as part of the Writing Places project. This project allowed us to work in partnership with Literature Works, who created the project, The National Trust.

Writing Places was designed to celebrate literature and its place in our history. As part of the literary and heritage project, the Archive made recordings to be used in former writers homes cared for by the National Trust in the South West. Including Max Gate and Coleridge Cottage, homes of Thomas Hardy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

To learn more about the full Writing Places programme visit the website here.

Children's Poetry Collection

This is a collection of contemporary poems for children written by a variety of poets we have had the pleasure to record over the years. We like to think of it as the A-Z of the Archive's children poetry because it starts with Allan Ahlberg's 'Please Mrs Butler', and finishes with Benjamin Zephaniah's 'Library Ology'.

The poems in the collection range from fun and silly to deep and meaningful and are suitable for a wide age range. 


This poetry collection, brings together a selection of classic poems intended to help you briefly escape day to day life. We've selected poems that conjure up images of the Great British countryside, rolling landscapes and calming seas, as well as poems that describe the beauty of relaxation and nature.

This collection is sponsored by our partners Darwin Escapes. Darwin Escapes offers 16 handpicked locations to choose from offering everything from short brekas to holiday homes to own. To find out more visit their website.

A tour of the Archive with Rachel Smith

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Featured Guided Tours

The Poetry Archive's vision is to acquire and make recordings of contemporary English-language poets reading their own work, collect and preserve recordings of great poets from the past, and make extracts from all these recordings available free of charge.