Surge: Side A was performed at the Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Festival 2017, investigating the New Cross Fire of 1981, a defining moment in Black British history that claimed thirteen lives. From the judges: “startling and fresh and unique... a moving and powerful struggle for validation in the Black British community, and the poet’s own clarification of identity. The performances are riveting and the poems are propelled by a strong internal momentum.”

Beacon of Hope

by Jay Bernard


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 it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes 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.

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Join us tonight for the fourth Friday of the month, with music by Bernard Hoskin and poetry by Mike Bartholomew-Biggs and Carole Coates and voices from the floor. From 8pm, £8/£6 at the Poetry Cafe!

A year ago today The Norman Nicholson Society launched its project to buy @NNicholsonPoet home - a poet of place, landscapes & lives lived Retweeted by The Poetry Society

The annual lecture by the Ireland Professor of Poetry, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin entitled 'I have my people and they are waiting: Who are the readers of poetry?’ to a full house at the Brian Friel Theatre tonight. A snippet for those who were unable to make this special event. Retweeted by The Poetry Society

How do you write your poems? 📝 Watch poets discussing the writing process on #WorldPoetryDay : Retweeted by The Poetry Society

This is CAT, by Ted Hughes, illustrated by Raymond Briggs. A beautiful poem for the end of #WorldPoetryDay - or any day! Retweeted by The Poetry Society

Variety in all its forms at Finding the Words tonight - thanks to Ruth McIlroy reading from Guppy Primer @JadeCuttle bittersweet lyric and the ever entertaining @keithhutson3 @PoetryBookSoc @poetrybusiness @YorkLitFest Retweeted by The Poetry Society

Tune in to @R3TheVerb tomorrow for a special recording with @ForwardPrizes winner Sinead Morrissey @BBCFreeThinking Festival broadcast from Gateshead Retweeted by The Poetry Society

Devastatingly Milton: Ian McKellen’s thrilling, trippy retelling of Paradise Lost… Retweeted by The Poetry Society