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The Poetry Society

The Poetry Society is a national umbrella organisation that promotes the welfare of poets and poetry. It does this through its websites and through activities including workshops, public events, poetry competitions and the publications Poetry News and Poetry Review. Our funding contributes to its core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £360,000
  • 2013-2014: £360,000
  • 2014-2015: £370,000

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Alice Oswald reads an extract from Memorial - Popescu Prize 2013

Alice Oswald is the winner of the 2013 Popescu Prize for her poetry book Memorial, an excavation of Homer's Iliad published by Faber. Organised by the Poetry Society, the Corneliu M Popescu Prize is given biennially to a collection of poetry translated into English from another European language. Judged in 2013 by Karen Leeder and David Wheatley, they said of the winning book: "Oswald has turned Homer into a contemporary war poet, taking an audacious concept -- the trimming down of the Iliad to its death scenes -- and imbuing the results with compelling formal necessity. Memorial answers to its Greek original yet stands as an autonomous and deeply moving work of art."

Education at the Poetry Society

For over 100 years, education has been at the heart of the Poetry Society's work. Including both page poetry and spoken word, we work with students and teachers across the UK across a range of programmes. To find out more visit www.poetrysociety.org.uk/education

Samilah Naira - Denied of Identity

One of 6 winners of SLAMbassadors UK, the Poetry Society's national youth slam championships 2013, judged by Hollie McNish, Joelle Taylor and Bea Colley. The live final will be held at Royal Festival Hall on November 1st. Email jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk for free tickets.

Identity Projected by Jenny Burville-Riley

One of the six winners of SLAMbassadors UK, the Poetry Society's National Youth Slam Championships judged by Hollie McNish, Joelle Taylor and Bea Colley. The live final will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on 1 November 2013. Email jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk for free tickets.

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Ollie O'Neill - Dyke

One of 6 winners of SLAMbassadors UK, the Poetry Society's national youth slam championships 2013, judged by Hollie McNish, Joelle Taylor and Bea Colley. The live final will be held at Royal Festival Hall on November 1st. Email jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk for free tickets.

Evaporations by Alice Oswald and Chana Dubinski - National Poetry Day 2013

A new film-poem by Alice Oswald and Chana Dubinksi, commissioned by the Poetry Society for National Poetry Day 2013. For more information about the Poetry Society, or to become a member please visit www.poetrysociety.org.uk

Grand Union Bridge by Ian Duhig

Written and read by Ian Duhig Directed by Alastair Cook for Filmpoem Sound by Luca Nasciuti A Filmpoem production for the Poetry Society in partnership with the Canal & River Trust as part of the Canal Laureate 2013 project. www.poetrysociety.org.uk www.canalrivertrust.org.uk (c) Alastair Cook 2013

The Water Doesn't Move, the Past Does by Ian McMillan

Written and read by Ian McMillan Directed by Alastair Cook for Filmpoem Sound by Luca Nasciuti A Filmpoem production for the Poetry Society in partnership with the Canal & River Trust as part of the Canal Laureate 2013 project. www.poetrysociety.org.uk www.canalrivertrust.org.uk (c) Alastair Cook 2013

Lifted by Jo Bell

Written and read by Jo Bell Directed by Alastair Cook for Filmpoem Sound by Luca Nasciuti A Filmpoem production for the Poetry Society in partnership with the Canal & River Trust as part of the Canal Laureate 2013 project. www.poetrysociety.org.uk www.canalrivertrust.org.uk (c) Alastair Cook 2013

The Black Delph Bride by Liz Berry

Written and read by Liz Berry Directed by Alastair Cook for Filmpoem Sound by Luca Nasciuti A Filmpoem production for the Poetry Society in partnership with the Canal & River Trust as part of the Canal Laureate 2013 project. www.poetrysociety.org.uk www.canalrivertrust.org.uk (c) Alastair Cook 2013

Charlotte Higgins - 28th August 1963

New poem from Charlotte Higgins in honour of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech. The SLAMbassadors Sessions are monthly experiments in live spoken word held at the Poetry Cafe in London. They feature a new generation of spoken word artists mentored by poet Joelle Taylor. Please contact jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk for more details. http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk

Benji - Pick my Brains and Wreck my Veins

The SLAMbassadors Sessions are monthly experiments in live spoken word held at the Poetry Cafe in London. They feature a new generation of spoken word artists mentored by poet Joelle Taylor. Please contact jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk for more details. http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk

Gabriel Akamo - Israel

The SLAMbassadors Sessions are monthly experiments in live spoken word held at the Poetry Cafe in London. They feature a new generation of spoken word artists mentored by poet Joelle Taylor. Please contact jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk for more details. http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk

Gabriel Akamo - Untitled

The SLAMbassadors Sessions are monthly experiments in live spoken word held at the Poetry Cafe in London. They feature a new generation of spoken word artists mentored by poet Joelle Taylor. Please contact jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk for more details. http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk

BaddaBoomTee LIVE Beatbox @ SLAMbassador Sessions

the SLAMbassador Sessions live at Rich Mix, hosted by Joelle Taylor

BaddaBoomTee LIVE @ SLAMbassadors Session

the SLAMbassador Sessions live at Rich Mix, hosted by Joelle Taylor

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