Missing voices

The Poetry Archive will continue to grow as time goes by. Our collection of recordings will never be complete: we will keep adding recordings by poets whose voices are not yet included in the Archive and from time to time we will add new recordings by poets who have already recorded readings for us.

Make a suggestion

You may have noticed that your favourite living poet is not yet represented in the Archive's collection. If that is so, please let us know and we will do our best to add the recording you have suggested. (We cannot promise to send a personal reply to the emails we receive but you can be certain that your email will be read.)

Some gaps in our collection of historic recordings are caused by the fact that, as far as our researchers can find out, no recordings exist by some poets from the twentieth century and the end of the nineteenth century. We would be delighted to find previously unknown recordings by great poets from the past; especially by such poets as Thomas Hardy and A. E. Housman, who were never, as far as we know, invited to record their work. If you have such a recording, please let us know!

Recent additions

Jackie Kay – Children's Poems

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George Szirtes – Children's Poems

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Mandy Coe

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Coming soon

Term of the day

Sonnet

A poem of fourteen lines, usually in iambic pentameter, that has one of two regular rhyme schemes - although there are a couple of exceptions, and years of experimentation that have loosened this definition.

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A tour of the Children's Archive with Jean Sprackland

There are so many good poems in the Children's Archive, it's hard to know where to start! I'd like to share with you...

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