A welcome message from Andrew Motion, introducing the key features of the website relaunch for the Poetry Archive in 2014.
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We need your help

The Poetry Archive’s vision is to acquire and make recordings of contemporary English-language poets reading their own work, to collect and preserve recordings of great poets from the past, and to make extracts from all these recordings available free of charge in as enjoyable and accessible way as possible via this website and beyond.

In order to make this exciting project succeed, we need your help.

The Poetry Archive is a registered charity and reliant on the generosity of donors just like you. We are grateful to each and every one of you. You can find out more about who supports us on our Benefactors page.

There are a multitude of ways in which you can help: 

Make a One-off Donation

Sponsor a Poem

Become a Patron

Become a Corporate Partner

Leave a Legacy


£2,500 - is the amount of money that could cover one poet being added to the Archive. This includes the costs of hiring a studio, a producer, a sound engineer, the money we pay the poet, the money we have to pay for the copyright permissions as well as the administrative costs of the whole process from inviting the poet to read up to adding those recordings to the website.

£1,500 - is the amount of money that could cover one month of website hosting and maintenance.

£500 - is the amount of money that could pay to acquire and host a new historic or classic recording on the website.

£250 - is the amount of money that could pay for an editor to research and write an insightful biography and summary to accompany a poet's work on the website.

£50 - is the amount of money that could help create a lesson plan for a busy teacher.

£5 - is the amount of money that could cover the cost of hosting a poem each month.

We thank you for any support you can give.

The Poetry Archive gratefully acknowledges the generous support of many organisations and individuals.