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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Our Spring term begins on 26 January 2015. Browse by location or course type here, or download our printer-friendly programme here.

Pick from Roddy Lumsden’s course inspired by The Tempest, John Greening’s canon-mining course, or a surgical session dedicated to readying your first collection for publication. In Manchester, we’re working with Clare Shaw again, and in Bristol, we welcome Patrick Brandon to the programme. Meanwhile, our online programme continues to expand. We’ve got courses on the poetry of the sea, a dream poetry exploration and a reading course with A B Jackson to complement Roddy’s face-to-face Tempest course. Whether you’re joining us for the first time or as a returning student, if you’re with us in the classroom or online, the Poetry School is dedicated to helping your poems improve and your poetic friendships develop.




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, you will need to complete a brief form online.

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.