Jobs and volunteering

The Poetry Society is a registered charity providing support, information and merchandise for specialists and the general public. We engage with and support diverse poetry audiences. There are often opportunities to volunteer with us at our offices in Covent Garden, central London. 


Café Supervisor

24 hours p/w
Salary £19k – £21.5k pro rata
Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 19 June, with interviews commencing in the same week.

The Poetry Café is one of London’s liveliest literary spaces. Re-launching after a major refurbishment, we’re now recruiting our new Front of House team. We’re a dynamic arts hub and performance venue, café and bar, serving a diverse and eclectic community in the heart of Covent Garden. With a wide range of events and exhibitions taking place over six days and evenings per week, The Poetry Café is run by The Poetry Society, as a warm and welcoming place for people to engage with poetry and performance.

We’re looking for an experienced and well-organised Café Supervisor to support the Café Manager in the day to day running of the Café, supervising other members of the Café team, and assisting with the smooth running of events. You’ll also co-ordinate bookings, work with artists, promoters and suppliers, and help in the successful development of the business. A positive and enthusiastic attitude will be essential in this customer facing role.

Some Saturday and evening working will be required.

Please send your CV and a brief covering letter outlining your availability, experience and interest in the role. Please also return a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. The information provided is for statistical purposes only, to help us review our recruitment processes; it does not form part of the selection process.

Download a Cafe Supervisor Job Description and an Equal Opportunities Form.

Please email your application to Olissa Francisco [email protected] by 9am Monday 19 June, or deliver to: The Poetry Society, 22 Betteron Street, London WC2H 9BX

We are Equal Opportunities Employers and welcome applicants regardless of race or colour, nationality or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, sex or marital status, sexual orientation, disability or age.

The Poetry Society is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and a registered charity.




We often have opportunities for volunteering at our Covent Garden offices in central London. If you are interested in volunteering at The Poetry Society, please send a CV and brief cover note to Talissa Makdessi at [email protected] Your cover note should include something about your own interests, and how often you would like to volunteer. Please note: we do not run a digital volunteering scheme.

Please put ‘VOLUNTEERING’ in the subject line.