About us

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today we have thousands of members worldwide and publish the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review.

With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. 

“The Poetry Society is the heart and hands of poetry in the UK – a centre which pours out energy to all parts of the poetry-body, and a dexterous set of operations which arrange and organise poetry’s various manifestations. It has a long distinguished history, and has never been so vital, or so vitalizing as it is now.” Sir Andrew Motion 

A charitable organisation, we provide support, information and merchandise for specialists and the general public. We engage with and support diverse poetry audiences through events, projects, publications, The Poetry Café, promotions and prizes; we create a central position for poetry in the arts and continue to build new avenues to promote poets and poetry in Britain today.

Find out more about how we champion poetry by exploring www.poetrysociety.org.uk 

Email us at [email protected]oetrysociety.org.uk


Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, caring for the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, as well as museums, archives, and hundreds of important wildlife sites. We believe that living waterways transform places and enrich lives and our role is to make sure there is always a place on your doorstep where you can escape the pressures of everyday life, stretch your legs and simply feel closer to nature.

The Arts on the Waterways programme was initiated by the Trust in 2012 in partnership with Arts Council England, and more recently with strategic support from the Arts Council of Wales. We work with talented artists and leading arts institutions which are based near waterways to inspire more people to experience and appreciate our waterways.


Waterlines Artwork

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