Celebrate poetry every day!

Here at the Poetry Archive we believe that poetry should be celebrated every day.  We recommend a daily diet of poetry for the heart and soul and hope that our visitors will make regular use of our vast archive of poets reading their own work.

Here are a few suggestions we've come up with for making more time for poetry:

  1. Poets in your living room.  Invite friends for a light supper and poetry sharing evening.  Each person should come along with a favourite recording from the Poetry Archive, perhaps on a predetermined theme.  You can then ‘virtually’ invite a range of poets to perform as you stream their recordings from the Archive site.  You might invite your guests to respond to each poem, or to sit back, relax and enjoy the sound of poets reading their own work.
  2. Hold a poetry club.  Run an evening along the same lines as a Book club with questions to discuss (and of course, food to share!)  Instead of reading a whole novel, your group will read and discuss one poem.  You could use the Lucky Dip function on the Poetry Archive homepage to choose a poem to focus on.
  3. Listening lunch.  Invite your work colleagues to spend their lunchtime listening to poetry from the Archive website.  You could scroll through the Featured Downloads selection on the Archive homepage and discover new poets.  Bring your sandwiches and feed your soul at the same time!
  4. Make your own tour.  Look at the Guided tours on the Poetry Archive website and then prepare your own.  You can use the MyArchive tool to create your own collection and then take friends and family on your poetry journey.
  5. Interview a poet.  Use the Interview section of the Poetry Archive site to listen to a poet talk about their writing.  Then listen to recordings of their poems and compare how the work reflects the interview.
  6. Recording relay.  Choose a poem from the Archive and invite friends to record themselves reading the work aloud.  Come together and listen to each other’s versions of the poem and finish by playing the Archive’s recording of the poet reading their own work.  Compare your readings and notice how each brings something new to the poem.
  7. Follow the Poetry Archive on Twitter.  We reguarly post links to topical poems and poetry events. Stay connected to find out all the latest!

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A tour of the Archive with Rachel Redford

Over the last few years I have listened to many of the Poetry Archive recordings and my six poems are taken from...

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