We have listed a brief selection of the most interesting British poetry websites to the right. Each description also mentions the language(s) in which the site is available.
The Poetry Kit
Internationally orientated poetry resource
An ever-growing map of Britain’s Poetry Landmarks, from Adlestrop onwards, including events, magazines, organisations and more.
A free access site to the full-text digital library of 20th and 21st century English poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection.
The Poetry House
A virtual and a physical resource, based in St Andrews, offering an expert selection of information about poetry from such a range of times and places and some new poetry.
Poetry anthologies and thousands of canonical poems in English.
Selects a new poem every day from recently published collections.
Write Out Loud
Lists (mainly) UK poetry events and news.
Poetry Library Listings
The best source of magazine listings is available through the Poetry Library’s pages.
The Poetry Society
Renowned British institution that provides information and education, publishes the Poetry Review, and organizes various projects and competitions.
The Arvon Foundation
Residential writing courses giving the opportunity, the time and the space to write, supported by expert practical tuition and the encouragement of a writing community.
The Poetry Library
The most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.
The Scottish Poetry Library
Poetry in English, Scots and Gaelic.
The British Library
The British Library has extensive collections of poetry in many of the languages of the world and from all periods up to the present time.
Academi - Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency
Promotes Literature in Wales; contains two searchable databases (one for writers and one for publishers), a news room and a chat room.
Language: English, Welsh
The Poetry Book Society
A specialist book club and a not-for-profit registered charity; members can buy books and memberships over the Internet at a discount and the general public may also buy goods at full price. Also runs the child-focused Children’s Poetry Bookshelf.
British Council - Literature
News on UK writers touring for The British Council, information on its literature events in the UK and worldwide, Literature Matters magazine and a complete listing of UK literature festivals (available online).
Apples and Snakes
The London-based poetry organisation Apples & Snakes encourages and promote poets who are working in an oral as much as a literary tradition, and offers performance poetry as a radical alternative to formal poetry readings and recitals.
Poetry International London
Britain’s biggest poetry festival.
National Poetry Day
A nationwide celebration of poetry in all its forms.
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
Aldeburgh is now regarded as Britain's leading annual international poetry festival, attracting the largest, most loyal audiences and enjoying the highest reputation among poets.
Ledbury Poetry Festival
In addition to the summer Festival over 10 days, Ledbury Poetry Festival works tirelessly year-round in the community with poets in schools and a far-reaching programme of activities.
StAnza Poetry Festival
The only regular festival dedicated to poetry in Scotland, StAnza is international in outlook.
The Poetry Archive
The world’s premier online collection of poets reading their work.
An online jukebox of poetry featuring both new & known voices.
British Electronic Poetry Centre
The BEPC serves British poetry's diverse traditions of innovation. It provides a reference guide to contemporary poetry, plus poems, performances, and critical debate.
Original new media writing, creative online courses, incisive articles, innovative webdesign, and a broad range of resources, news, discussions and research.
Poetry in performance
Apples and Snakes
Organisation devoted to stretching the boundaries of poetry in education and performance by giving voice to challenging, diverse and dynamic poets.
renaissance one is an agency that represents international artists and produces tours, events and education projects. It works across cultures and artistic practices, focusing on word-based projects which evoke an appreciation of poetry, prose and the spoken word.
57 Productions represents writers & performers working in the UK &
internationally. Writers are available for live performances, talks
& workshops, and also on CD and online. (Also responsible for the Poetry Jukebox.)
Poets on Fire
A place to find news and discussion about poetry in performance across the UK. It’s also intended to promote the idea that presenting your poetry to an audience is not simply a case of standing up and reading in a monotone from behind a book. Performing your work should be about bringing poetry to life, giving it a new and dynamic existence beyond the page; it’s a dialogue between poet and audience, an exciting act of collaboration.