The Poetry Society is a charity that exists to connect people of all ages to the transformative power of poetry. We rely on a mixture of public funds, income from trust and foundations, membership fees and donations in order to deliver a wide programme of activity that includes a huge amount of educational outreach work, publishing The Poetry Review, working directly with our members and Stanzas, running the The Poetry Cafe and advocating for poets and poetry in public life.
“I promise you poetry can re-awaken your fire like a defibrillator to the spirit. I read three lines of a Seamus Heaney poem and it changed my day. Then I went online and saw that The Poetry Society is ‘a charity that exists to connect people to the transformative power of poetry’. Fiver right there.” – Emer Martin
Why does it matter?
We believe that poetry gives us the language to share our humanity. It gives a voice to the voiceless and words for the unsayable. We want to share with others the feeling of recognising yourself in a poem, or the way a remembered line can take on new meaning, make you smile, shed a tear, or take you back. Everyone needs poetry, and poetry needs you.
What can you do?
With ever greater public spending cuts threatening the arts sector, we need people who care about poetry to help us continue our work. There are two main ways you can help The Poetry Society financially, you can either donate (from as little as £2.50) or leave a legacy in your will.
Other ways to help
There are many ways that you can show your support for The Poetry Society: become a member, enter our competitions, come along to events, watch to our poetry films on the website and read our publications. You can also volunteer. We have many opportunities for volunteers from helping out in the office to assisting at events. If you’d like to learn more about volunteering at The Poetry Society then get in touch.