Poems on the Underground

trojan-horseThe Poetry Society and Poems on the Underground join forces to promote one of Britain’s most successful public art projects. As well as being displayed on underground trains throughout the capital, school members of The Poetry Society receive a set of Poems on the Underground posters each time they are released.

Poems are selected by Judith Chernaik, Cicely Herbert and Imtiaz Dharker, who has recently joined the project. The posters are designed by Tom Davidson, and the project is generously supported by TfL, Arts Council England and the British Council.

Individual posters, or sets of posters, are available through the Poetry Society shop: we ask for £3.50 for an individual poster or £9.99 for a set in order to cover the storage, handling, UK postage and packing costs. If you live overseas, the charge will increase in order to cover additional postage costs.  You can also find them at the London Transport Museum.

A free leaflet of ’30 Poems for 30 Years’, published in celebration of Poems on the Underground’s
30 years, is available from London Transport Museum and selected tube stations.

Poems on the Underground (Penguin 2015) is available in paperback from all good bookshops.

Poems on The Underground Set 95: London Is Open

A new set of poems celebrating the Mayor’s ‘London Is Open’ campaign. These London poems suggest the wonderful diversity of our great city in all its aspects, its people and places, its famous squares, its parks and markets, its vibrant present and its glorious past.

The award-winning poets represented here have strong London associations. Their families came from Europe, Asia and the Caribbean as well as the UK. George Szirtes came to the UK with his family as refugees after the Hungarian uprising of 1956. Michael Rosen’s Jewish grandparents came from Rumania and Poland; his parents lived in London’s East End. Daljit Nagra, whose Sikh Punjabi parents came to Britain from India in the late 1950s, was born and grew up near London and now lives in Harrow. John Agard was born in Guyana and lives with the Guyanese poet Grace Nichols in Lewes. Jane Draycott was born in London and educated at Kings College London. The Irish poet Louis MacNeice worked for the BBC in London for many years.
The poems:

A Trojan Horse in Trafalgar Square by George Szirtes
London Fields by Michael Rosen
Chilling Out Beside the Thames by John Agard
Our Town with the Whole of India by Daljit Nagra
No. 3 from Uses for the Thames by Jane Draycott
from Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice


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