There are so many poetry resources on the internet, it can be hard to know where to start! We have listed some of the most useful websites where you can find out more and get in touch with relevant organisations.

Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets website contains essays, interviews, biographies, poems and many other resources.

Anvil Press Poetry
Anvil Press is England’s longest-standing independent poetry publisher, specializing in contemporary English poets – with a leavening of Irish and American – and in a range of translated poetry.

Apples and Snakes
Apples and Snakes was set up in 1982 by a group of poets in order to establish more performance poetry events.

Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland.

Arts Council of Wales
The Arts Council of Wales is responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.

Avron Foundation
The Arvon Foundation provides residential courses in creative writing, including poetry.

BBC Poetry Season
Vote here for the Nation's Favourite Poet, and enjoy a wealth of other resources, including video poetry guides presented by Ian McMillan, Caroline Bird and Dreadlock Alien.

Creative Scotland
The national leader for Scotland's creative industries. It assists in developing Scottish literature through support for writers, writing and the publishing industry across Scotland.

Lamont Library at Harvard
The Lamont Library houses the George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room Collection, which includes contemporary poetry and poetics from the entire English-speaking world, as well as poetic works in other languages translated into English.

Lannan Audio Archives
The Lannan Foundation offers access to over 300 hours of readings and conversation with poets and writers.

Literature Works
Literature Works is a registered charity, Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, and company limited by guarantee set up to enable and nurture literature development activity in South West England.

At you can hear recordings of poems, both in their original languages and in translation.

Northern Poetry Library
The Northern Poetry Library is kept at Morpeth Library and is the largest collection of contemporary poetry in England outside London. It currently contains around 15,000 books with new ones being added all the time.

PennSound offers a large variety of digital recordings of poems - currently 1,500 and fast growing - mostly as song-length singles.

PoetCasting is a poetry podcasting project which features published, performance, emerging and established poets reading their own work online and out loud.

Poetry Book Society 
The Poetry Book Society is a specialist poetry bookseller and a book club for everyone who enjoys poetry - dedicated readers, occasional browsers and absolute beginners.

Poetry by Heart
Poetry By Heart is brought to you by a partnership between The Poetry Archive and The Full English. The website hosts an interactive timeline anthlogy with over 200 poems selected by poets Andrew Motion, Jean Sprackland and education specialist, Jule Blake. It also offers a lively blog plus classroom resources and links to CPD workshops.

Poetry International
Poetry International is a worldwide forum for poetry on the internet.

Poetry School
The Poetry School provides structured, high quality teaching programmes for adults to develop their poetry from its beginnings through to advanced level.

Scottish Arts Council
Scottish Arts Council is the lead body for the funding, development and advocacy of the arts in Scotland.

The Archive of the Now
The Archive is home to over 100 poets producing work of exhilarating insight, scope and attack.

The British Council
The British Council Literature Department promotes innovative and contemporary work from the UK around the world. Their site features a wide range of publications and resources including an extensive database of contemporary writers.

The British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. Their site contains news of events, exhibitions and details of collections including the British Library Sound Archive which holds many poetry recordings.

The Literary Consultancy
Founded in 1996 and firmly established within the publishing industry, The Literary Consultancy provides expert, market-informed editorial advice to writers, including poets.

The Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation website offers an archive of more than 300 poets and 3,000 poems, as well as engaging literary journalism profiling poets, reviewing readings, reporting on poetry as it intersects with other art forms and with the culture at large.

The Poetry Library
The Poetry Library is the major library for modern and contemporary poetry, housing the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.

The Poetry Society
The Poetry Society is a membership organisation which can open up the world of contemporary poetry for you.

The Poetry Trust
The Poetry Trust is one of the UK's leading contemporary poetry organisations, and organises the annual Aldeburgh International Poetry Festival and a year-round programme of readings, workshops, outreach and prizes.

The Scottish Poetry Library
The Scottish Poetry Library is the place for poetry in Scotland, for the regular reader, the serious student and the casual browser.


Websites for students and teachers

For a collection of links to online resources for education, click here.


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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.