There are so many poetry resources on the internet, it can be hard to know where to start! We have listed some of the most useful websites where you can find out more and get in touch with relevant organisations.

Poetry Society

The Poetry Society is a membership organisation which can open up the world of contemporary poetry for you.

Poetry Book Society

The Poetry Book Society is a specialist poetry bookseller and a book club for everyone who enjoys poetry - dedicated readers, occasional browsers and absolute beginners.

The Poetry Library

The Poetry Library is the major library for modern and contemporary poetry, housing the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.

The Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library is the place for poetry in Scotland, for the regular reader, the serious student and the casual browser.

Arvon Foundation

The Arvon Foundation provides residential courses in creative writing, including poetry.

The Literary Consultancy

Founded in 1996 and firmly established within the publishing industry, The Literary Consultancy provides expert, market-informed editorial advice to writers, including poets.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland.

Scottish Arts Council

Scottish Arts Council is the lead body for the funding, development and advocacy of the arts in Scotland.

Arts Council of Wales

The Arts Council of Wales is responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.

Poetry International

Poetry International is a worldwide forum for poetry on the internet.

Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets website contains essays, interviews, biographies, poems and many other resources.

The British Council

The British Council Literature Department promotes innovative and contemporary work from the UK around the world. Their site features a wide range of publications and resources including an extensive database of contemporary writers.

The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. Their site contains news of events, exhibitions and details of collections including the British Library Sound Archive which holds many poetry recordings.

Lannan Audio Archives

The Lannan Foundation offers access to over 300 hours of readings and conversation with poets and writers.


At you can hear recordings of poems, both in their original languages and in translation.

Lamont Library at Harvard

The Lamont Library houses the George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room Collection, which includes contemporary poetry and poetics from the entire English-speaking world, as well as poetic works in other languages translated into English.

The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation website offers an archive of more than 300 poets and 3,000 poems, as well as engaging literary journalism profiling poets, reviewing readings, reporting on poetry as it intersects with other art forms and with the culture at large.

The Poetry Trust

The Poetry Trust is one of the UK's leading contemporary poetry organisations, and organises the annual Aldeburgh International Poetry Festival and a year-round programme of readings, workshops, outreach and prizes.


PennSound offers a large variety of digital recordings of poems - currently 1,500 and fast growing - mostly as song-length singles.

BBC Poetry Season

Vote here for the Nation's Favourite Poet, and enjoy a wealth of other resources, including video poetry guides presented by Ian McMillan, Caroline Bird and Dreadlock Alien.

The Archive of the Now

The Archive is home to over 100 poets producing work of exhilarating insight, scope and attack.


PoetCasting is a poetry podcasting project which features published, performance, emerging and established poets reading their own work online and out loud.

Creative Scotland

The national leader for Scotland's creative industries. It assists in developing Scottish literature through support for writers, writing and the publishing industry across Scotland.

Anvil Press Poetry

Anvil Press is England’s longest-standing independent poetry publisher, specializing in contemporary English poets – with a leavening of Irish and American – and in a range of translated poetry.

Northern Poetry Library

The Northern Poetry Library is kept at Morpeth Library and is the largest collection of contemporary poetry in England outside London. It currently contains around 15,000 books with new ones being added all the time.

Poetry School

The Poetry School provides structured, high quality teaching programmes for adults to develop their poetry from its beginnings through to advanced level.

Websites for students and teachers

Poetry Society

The Poetry Society has an outstanding reputation for its exciting and innovative education work. For nearly thirty years it has been introducing poets into classrooms and providing training and resources for teachers.


Poetryclass is the Poetry Society's 'online poetry classroom'. The website includes teaching ideas, interviews with poets and information about training and support.

Apples & Snakes

Apples & Snakes is England's leading organiser of performance poetry. Education is at the core of its mission, and it runs a highly successful Poets in Education Scheme.

Poetry Book Society

The Poetry Book Society has a special membership scheme for schools, providing information and discounts on newly published books, together with classroom resources.

Arvon Foundation

The Arvon Foundation provides tailor-made residential courses for school groups, with subsidies and even full funding in certain circumstances.

Poetry Zone

Poetry Zone is a lively website containing children's poems, articles and teaching resources.

Moving Words

Moving Words is an Open University website for students and teachers of English, focusing on Literature from Different Cultures and Traditions. The website includes innovative treatments of poetry using animation, video and audio.

Poetry 180

Poetry 180 is an American project, designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. The poems you will find here were selected by Billy Collins during his time as US Poet Laureate, with high school students in mind.

Poetry Live

Poetry Live provides opportunities for GCSE pupils in England and Wales to see and hear live performances from a great selection of the poets they are studying.

Ty Newydd

Ty Newydd is the National Writers' Centre for Wales. Residential courses are held on all aspects of creative writing in both English and Welsh.

Glossary of poetic terms

Comprehensive glossary of poetic terms, from acecedarion poem to zeugma.

The Writing Room

The Writing Room is the Arvon Foundation's website specifically for under-18s.

Tower Poetry

Tower Poetry aims to stimulate enjoyment and critical appreciation of poetry, particularly among young people in education, and to encourage people to write their own poetry. The annual Christopher Tower Poetry Prize is open to students aged 16-18, and Tower Poetry also runs a Summer School at Christ Church College, Oxford.

Black Cat Poems

A collection of verse by a wide variety of poets from around the world.

The Discovering Poetry Project

The Discovering Poetry Project is a multimedia website aimed at helping children write poems about their own experiences.

The Poetry Station

A freely accessible web-based video channel and portal for poetry.

BBC Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips Primary Poetry

A variety of video clips of poetry being read, performed and animated, selected for Primary pupils.

BBC Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips Secondary Poetry from Wider Cultures

Video clips of readings, performances and dramatisations of poetry from wider cultures, and some poet interviews.

BBC Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips Secondary Poetry pre-1914

Video clips of readings, commentaries, musical settings and talks about a variety of pre-1914 poems.

Norton Anthology of English Literature Audio Archive

Recordings, often by poets themselves, of poems from the Middle Ages onwards.

Young Poets Network

Information on poetry opportunities for young people; weekly tips and links for young poets and aspiring artists.