Poetry from Home

The Poetry Society offers many ways you can engage with poetry from home – from magazines, poetry surgeries and competitions to new commissions and online events. Keep checking back for the latest news – the newest announcements are at the top of this list.

  • A new poem and poetry film from Ian Humphreys, a tender elegy set around the Rochdale canal.
  • Poetry Review launches and other events are currently online – keep an eye on our What’s On page.
  • We took part in a Europe-wide virtual poetry festival – visit Versopolis for readings, films and podcasts from far and wide.
  • Eight Foyle Young Poets from last year’s competition recommend poetry for these strange times. Each poet suggests a poem you can read for free online as well as a poetry collection or anthology, and shares how they are getting on in lockdown.
  • Inside the Easter Egg – we’ve come up with a bundle of indoor activities for young people on their Easter Holidays, but suspect they might work for our adult audiences too. Stop motion Lego poetry films? You know you want to make one!
  • Do You NaPoWriMo? A Writing Challenge. April is National Poetry Writing Month – the global poetry generating project that’s been running since 2003. NaPoWriMo invites you to write a poem a day throughout April in common with poets all over the world. Now more than ever do we feel the need to be involved in a world-wide, interconnected celebration of creativity. Starting April 1, we’ll be publishing a writing prompt a day over on our Instagram page. Write as many or few poems as you like – the idea is to surprise your imagination into creating new work. When you’ve got to the end of the month, what to do with your 30 (or so) new poems? If you’re 17 or under, you could enter them for the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award. If you’re 17+, you could hang on to them to enter in to the 2020 National Poetry Competition which opens later this summer. 30 poems is even three quarters of a collection! Happy writing …
  • The new issues of The Poetry Review and Poetry News are making their way safely to members’ homes. A taste of the contents is here.
  • Here’s a selection of some of the best writing challenges from our Young Poets’ Network – they’re good for more experienced writers too!
  • The winners of the 2019 National Poetry Competition were announced with a Zoom celebration, and all the winners and commended poets recorded at-home-films of their poems for you to watch. Have a listen to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 20 minutes in to hear a conversation with the winner.
  • A new Learning from Home page bundles up dozens of education resources for teachers, parents, carers and students of all ages who suddenly find themselves homeschooling.
  • For World Poetry Day on 21 March, The Poetry Society launched a new filmpoem: Polite Safety Notice by Aindri C, based on Mark Fiddes’s poem of the same name, which won third prize in the 2018 National Poetry Competition.