Poems on the Underground

The 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 every year.

Poems are selected by Judith Chernaik, Imtiaz Dharker, and George Szirtes. The posters are designed by Tom Davidson, and the project is generously supported by London Underground (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 posters at the London Transport Museum.

We are now able to post Poems on the Underground posters again. Click here to browse our selection. Shipping may take longer than usual, and our ability to post out orders is subject to change in government guidance.

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

Poems on the Underground (Set 105) for Summer 2020

In the Spring and Summer of 2020, a new set of Poems on the Underground went live. They aimed to lift the spirits of key-workers and other passengers during the pandemic. The poems are:

‘And if I speak of Paradise’ by Roger Robinson
‘Cordón’ by Laura Chalar, translated by Erica Mena
‘Everything Changes’ by Cicely Herbert
‘London Fields’ by Michael Rosen
‘Note’ by Leanne O’Sullivan
‘Time to be slow’ by John O’Donohue

The posters are designed by Tom Davidson.

Order the full set here, and individual posters here.

Poems on the Underground is supported by Transport for London, The British Council and Arts Council England. Poems are selected by the writer Judith Chernaik and poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes.

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