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WHO WE ARE

We're the UK’s largest provider of poetry education

The Poetry School is a national arts organisation providing inspiring tuition and opportunities for poets and poetry audiences. We were founded in 1997 by poets Mimi Khalvati, Jane Duran and Pascale Petit. Since our earliest days, our courses and activities have encouraged poets and poetry to flourish.

With established teaching centres throughout England as well as online courses, downloadable activities, and the world’s biggest social network dedicated to poetry – CAMPUS – the Poetry School is unique in its ability to reach and develop aspiring poets wherever they may be, both in the UK and internationally.

The Poetry School is a registered charity and a proud part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation 2015-2018.

Mission

We ‘make poetry happen’.

We want to to enable and inspire you to develop your poetry from its beginnings through to an advanced level. Our programme of courses, activities, creative and professional development for adults is affordable, diverse, and open to all.

This programme includes:

Whether online, in the classroom, on stage or out in the world, the Poetry School is the place where poetry happens.

Values

ACCESSIBLE. We are committed to creating opportunities for poets of all levels and backgrounds to improve your craft and poetic practice, to develop your professional skills and experience, and to connect with readers. For us, excellence and inclusivity go hand in hand.

QUALITY. Our educational resources, activities and environments are of a consistently high quality and cover a large variety of subjects. All our educational programming is poet-led, and our courses and workshops are designed by poets, for poets.

COLLEGIATE. We believe poets develop best within a diverse, expansive and social community of readers and writers. We hope to help foster lifelong poetry friendships as well as provide valuable teaching.

SUPPORTIVE. Positive experiences are critical to learning and development. In our classrooms, events and on CAMPUS, we create conditions to nurture a culture of constructive critical support.

INDEPENDENT. We are non-factional and operate independently of other poetry institutions and publishers (but we love to collaborate with them.)

INNOVATIVE. Though as poets we are writing in a tradition, we encourage experimentation in poetry in order to vitalizse both individual writers and the art form itself. The Poetry School is not about teaching ‘poetry by numbers’.

PROGRESSIVE. We want to drive the agenda of contemporary poetry, to challenge tired ways of thinking and to find places where new conversations and collaborations can happen.

SUSTAINABLE. At the Poetry School, continuous relationships are important to us. They are vital in the creation of the transformative journeys from a writer of poems, to aspiring poet, to being a poet in the world.

Governance

Information about our financial, governance and compliance history can be found here.

 

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