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.

High Quality Courses for All

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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06 Sep 2014, Open to all, Workshop, Helen Mort
16 Sep 2014, Advanced, Interactive Online Course, Karen McCarthy Woolf
19 Sep 2014, Open to all, Interactive Online Course, A B Jackson
19 Sep 2014, Open to all, Course, Roddy Lumsden
18 Oct 2014, Open to all, Workshop, Ahren Warner

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Book yourself a trip on our annual Poetry Summer School

All the workshops and sessions in this year's Summer School have a holiday theme. We asked our poet tutors to think about the difference between a tourist, a traveller and a resident. What happens when you can't speak the lingo of your holiday destination, we asked them; is the best part of going away coming home? Though playful in approach, the week of activities they've invented provides in-depth and inspiring advice and guidance for new poems. Consider the effect that two weeks away from work has on you. Just one of our holiday workshops will have the same effect on your poems! 

Come to as many or as few sessions as you like – our Summer School is open for those who fancy a poetic mini-break as well as those who want the equivalent of a round the world cruise. At the end of the week, the Poetry School classrooms will be filled with notes, drafts, images and reflections from all the sessions, and everyone will be welcome to join the Poetry School holiday reps and your fellow travellers for a drink on the Friday night to celebrate. We'll swap tales of tan lines and holiday romances, and give each other our holiday souvenirs.

Download the full programme here.


Book for the Autumn term from 10am on 7 July. We'll be splashing details of our new courses, workshops and activities all over our websites and social media, so keep an eye open. Meanwhile, download a printer-friendly preview here.




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.


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.