The UK's largest provider of poetry education

Since 1997, our courses and activities have encouraged poets and poetry to flourish, and we count many successful publishing and performing writers amongst our past and current students.

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Our courses and workshops are for everyone with a love of poetry, no matter what your level. Students, tutors and staff have a wide variety of poetic skills and interests, but all of us share a desire to improve our skills, expand our horizons and develop an audience for our work within a community of poets.


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MA in Writing Poetry

A ground-breaking collaboration between Newcastle University and the Poetry School. Now open for applications.

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Announcing Our MA In Writing Poetry In Collaboration with Newcastle University

A ground-breaking collaboration between Newcastle University and the Poetry School: a new Masters degree in Writing Poetry, leading to the award of an MA from Newcastle University.

Starting September 2015, the two year part time course will be based in two centres. You can study at the Poetry School in London, or at Newcastle University itself. London tutors will be Roddy Lumsden and Clare Pollard; Newcastle tutors include Sean O’Brien and W N Herbert. More details of the course content, structure, price and application process here.



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Our Spring term begins on 25 January 2016. Browse by location or course type above, or download our printer-friendly programme here.

London students – there's a chance to pull 'Paradise Lost' to pieces and reassemble it with Simon Barraclough, to improve your performance skills with Nicola Collett or to go back to the very first question (What is a Poem?) with Daljit Nagra. Manchester, Exeter and Bristol: you can work with Ovid, delve into the earth or enter the poetry studio. For online students who missed out on Kathryn Maris' previous 'Fragments' course, we're rerunning it this term – but if you want to try something new, we've got our first online listening course with Rishi Dastidar. Liane Strauss – now based in America – runs her first international course for us, unpicking the 'deep breathing line'.


Bursaries available

If you cannot afford the full cost of taking part in Poetry School activities, you can apply for a bursary to cover up to 75% of these costs! Bursaries are awarded in advance of each term and the maximum you can apply for is £300 in any given year, though in exceptional circumstances we may be able to offer more. To apply for a bursary, please visit our bursaries section and complete the online form.

Support the Poetry School

The Poetry School is a registered charity working to develop a dynamic and diverse contemporary poetry for the benefit of readers and audiences everywhere. We rely on the support of our funders and individual donors to deliver our many services, courses and projects for free or for heavily subsidised prices. Small donations from individuals contributed nearly £3,000 to our bursary scheme last year, and larger sums from charitable foundations enabled us to subsidise our concessionary rate prices. Find out about how you can support our vital work for poetry's future.


**To anyone kind enough to donate £10 or more to our Bursary Fund before the end of the Autumn term, we'll send one of our gorgeous new poetry notebooks!**

Work at the Poetry School

The Poetry School is currently recruiting for a key role at our national offices and classrooms in central London. 

We are seeking an inspiring and business-minded Director to lead the continued growth and strategic development of the organisation. 


To find out more, follow the link to our vacancies page