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 Autumn term begins on 15 September – we have dozens of new courses, workshops and activities for you, both face to face and online. Begin a year-long course with Mimi Khalvati or Pascale Petit, try writing the poetry of modern living with Judy Brown or exploring free verse with Roddy Lumsden, log on for some feedback with John McCullough or Karen McCarthy Woolf. Download details of these and many others in a printer-friendly programme here.




The Rialto / Poetry School Editor Development Programme 2014/15

Following a highly successful first year, The Poetry School and The Rialto are looking to select two new participants for the second year of their development programme focusing on poetry editing skills, running from 2014 – 2015. This is a rare opportunity for poets and would-be editors to get hands-on experience of the philosophy and process of poetry editing.

To apply, please download the information sheet here.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 22 August 2014.

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.