Young Poets Network Poetry in Translation workshop with Clare Pollard

Have you ever translated a poem? This summer, The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network has teamed up with Modern Poetry in Translation to challenge young writers worldwide to try their hand at translating poetry. Find out more about the challenge here. As part of this partnership we’re delighted to offer writers aged 14-25 a free […]

New North Poets & Clare Pollard with special guest Caroline Bird

The Poetry School and New Writing North present a free reading from the New North Poets, their mentor Clare Pollard and special guest Caroline Bird!   The New North Poets are a group of talented poets from the North of England, selected for a New Writing North / Poetry School mentoring scheme with lead tutor […]

Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and lives in London. Her first collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo was written whilst she was still at school, and received an Eric Gregory Award. It was followed by Bedtime and Look, Clare! Look!, which was made a set text on the WJEC A-level syllabus. Her […]

Members’ News round-up

Dan Simpson has been appointed as Poet-in-Residence for St Alban’s Cathedral. Read more S. K. Grout and Roy McFarlane second and third in Ambit Poetry Competition. Julie Irigaray, Yvette Siegert and April Yee Commended. Read more Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize longlist: Vicki Husband, Annie Fan, Eve Ellis, Charlotte Knight, Bryony Littlefair, Jeri Onitskansky, […]

Young Poets Networkers translate over Zoom

For the second time, The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network teamed up with Modern Poetry in Translation to challenge young writers worldwide to try their hand at translating poetry. This summer, young poets are being asked to translate a Persian poem by Suhrab Sirat, an Afghan poet in exile. As part of this partnership YPN […]

Amy Acre’s Lucky 13 Mixtape

Amy Acre’s poems ‘Ice Baby’ and ‘In the wet-aired trenches of the Tube I was’ appeared in The Poetry Review, Vol 109, No 4, Winter 2019. This was much harder than I’d anticipated. The problem is there are a lot of great poems. Which is both lucky and unlucky. The best poems either light a […]

Learning from Home

This is going to be a very unusual academic year. Here at The Poetry Society, we’re committed to supporting teachers and students of poetry in whatever way we can. Since the pandemic first hit the UK, we have been commissioning brilliant new teaching resources from some of our finest poets and educators, and gathering together […]

The Poetry Society’s festive new podcast

Ahead of Christmas, The Poetry Society has released a festive new podcast featuring Sophya, Stella and Poshya from St Peter’s Church of England Primary School performing Clare Pollard’s new Christmas tree poem, ‘The Gift’. Listen here. This poem was written as part of The Poetry Society’s annual project Look North More Often, commissioning a new […]

Poetry to bring the gift of hope to Trafalgar Square tree

Since 2009, The Poetry Society has run a poetry project called Look North More Often, commissioning a new poem every year to celebrate the friendship between Oslo and London, symbolised by the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. This year Clare Pollard has written a poem called ‘The Gift’ inspired by the theme of hope which will […]

Writing, Coffee and Conversation

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” Aldous Huxley Do you fancy experiencing poetry therapy before you go off and enjoy some retail therapy? If you have answered “yes” to the question. then this group is for you.  Let’s get together, tap into […]

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting up ceremony 2019

Christmas is on its way once more – and in one of London’s favourite traditions, the famous Norwegian Christmas Tree will soon begin its journey to Trafalgar Square. The Poetry Society and the Royal Norwegian Embassy are once again encircling the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree in poetry, to celebrate the City of Oslo’s annual gift […]

Winning translations published on Young Poets Network

This summer, The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network teamed up with Modern Poetry in Translation, challenging young poets worldwide to co-translate ‘Today’ by Western Armenian poet Lola Koundakjian. We provided a bridge translation and translator’s notes from Adham Smart, and an introduction to translating poetry by MPT editor Clare Pollard. Equipped with these translating tools, […]

Who Am I? Poetry Therapy Workshop

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Aristotle  Have you ever asked yourself the question ‘Who am I’ and answered it truthfully? Taking time out to define yourself can be challenging, particularly after overcoming adversity or experiencing major change. Poetry therapy can help you to clarify and build your sense of identity. Do you want […]

T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist is announced

Congratulations to all the poets shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2018. The shortlist includes debuts by Zaffar Kunial, Fiona Moore, Phoebe Power, Richard Scott and Hannah Sullivan, alongside collections by Ailbhe Darcy, Nick Laird and Sean O’Brien, and American poets Terrance Hayes and Tracy K Smith. The Poetry Society is proud of its associations […]

Awakening Your Dreams: A Poetry Therapy Workshop

“The way to stay inspired and motivated is by doing what you like, doing what you love.” – Raphael Saadiq Shaping our dreams and moulding them into reality can be a challenge, especially when we are not clear about our goals or which direction to take. Consequently, we can often discard them to our detriment, […]

Writing Away Your Worries: A Poetry Therapy Workshop

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia Worrying is a destructive habit that can drain all your energy and take the fun out of your day. If not kept in check, worrying can lead to stress, anxiety and physical illness. Do you worry about […]

Writing, Coffee and Conversation

Writing, Coffee and Conversation We are a friendly group interested in connecting and tapping into our creativity to discover more about ourselves through poetry, self-reflective writing activities and conversation. Charmaine is an experienced Poetry Therapist and Life coach, she will lead you through various self- reflective and expressive writing exercises and we will use them […]

Overcoming Adversity: A Poetry Therapy Workshop

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” Malcolm X All around us, we hear stories of natural disasters, wars, and misfortunes of all types. Within your own life and circle of family and friends […]

Writing, Coffee and Conversation

Writing, Coffee and Conversation We are a friendly group interested in connecting and tapping into our creativity to discover more about ourselves through poetry, self-reflective writing activities and conversation. Charmaine is an experienced Poetry Therapist and Life coach, she will lead you through various self- reflective and expressive writing exercises and we will use them […]

Volume 106, No 4, Winter 2016

Back in September 2016, newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic ran a light-hearted piece about a downy white cloud shaped uncannily like the head of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump’s lawyer tweeted a snapshot of the distinctive formation with the caption, “In case anyone is unsure as to who will be our next #POTUS, […]

Thames-Tyne-Conflux – MA Students Poetry Reading

Thames-Tyne-Conflux Tonight’s poets are regular readers at the Poetry Café, the Troubadour and other venues throughout London and the world. They are also the first students to take the Poetry School’s ground-breaking new MA, run in collaboration with Newcastle University and taught by Clare Pollard, Roddy Lumsden and Tamar Yoseloff in London’s Lambeth. Featuring poets: […]

Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize Anthology 2015

The Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize is awarded biennially by The Poetry Society for a volume of poetry translated from a European language into English. The prize was supported in 2015 by the British Council. This anthology, distributed free to members, presents the winners of The Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015, and includes stunning translations by […]

2015

Winner Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees, Iain Galbraith‘s translation of Jan Wagner from German (Arc Publications), has won The Poetry Society’s Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015. This year’s winner was chosen by judges Olivia McCannon and Clare Pollard, who said of the winning collection: “Jan Wagner’s poems are ‘not only elaborate, cunning, and worldly, but genuinely entertaining’ (Iain Galbraith). His […]

Judges

2015 Olivia McCannon Olivia McCannon’s poetry collection Exactly My Own Length (Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2011) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She read French/German at the Queen’s College, Oxford, and lived for eight years in Belleville, Paris. Her translations include Balzac’s Old Man Goriot (Penguin Classics, 2011), modern French poetry in Poetry of […]

Popescu Prize

“At its most vital, poetry in translation overcomes what was thought impossible and finds what was unimaginable.” Olivia McCannon The Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize has been awarded biennially by The Poetry Society for a volume of poetry translated from a European language into English. If you’d like to be informed when the competition is […]

Making Poetry Work

Discuss the practicalities of poetry for emerging writers, with some of the most successful young poets around. Organised by The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network and the Society of Authors.

Poetry writing prompts

Our friends at the Poetry School have again gathered together some writing prompts to inspire prize-winning poems. All these prompts come from tutors and poets involved in delivering the various courses and activities offered the Poetry School. Courses are available in person or via CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s online social network. CAMPUS membership is free and easy – pay them […]

Shopping for poems

By Clare Pollard Lots of people think that poetry has to be written on ‘poetic’ topics, such as autumn, lambs, roses and snow. However, poetry can be about anything, and young poets should be encouraged to write in their own voice about their own world. This lesson encourages you to find poetry in unlikely places […]

The sales pitch

By Debjani Chatterjee Annie Katchinska’s poem Crash is an example of a dramatic monologue – a type of poetry that has long been popular. Poems in this genre are also called ‘persona poems’ because the poet assumes a character mask or a persona. There is no dialogue but one senses that the narrator is addressing […]

Look North More Often: History

Since the inaugural project in 2009, the famous Norwegian Christmas Tree displayed each Christmas in Trafalgar Square has been celebrated through poetry as part of a collaboration between The Poetry Society, the Mayor of Oslo’s Office and the Norwegian Embassy. A Norwegian Christmas tree has been given annually to the people of London since 1947, […]

The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

It’s probably the most famous Christmas tree in the world, and its lighting-up ceremony has come to signify the beginning of the Christmas season in the British capital. Since 2009, The Poetry Society has worked with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London to create a poetry project inspired by the tree, which is now established as […]