The Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive

Charity information

The Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive is a free website offering high-quality recordings of key English-language poets reading their work.

Founded 2005

  • Mission statement

    The world's great poets reading to you at home! The Poetry Archive makes available recordings by a huge range of significant poets from around the English-speaking world. We make new recordings with the best contemporary poets and find historic recordings by great poets from the past.

    Launched in 2005, the Archive is entirely free to all visitors. More than 200,000 people a month come to the Archive to enjoy listening to poetry: that's more than the total annual audience for UK poetry festivals. As the Guardian newspaper said, "Every day is improved by going to the Poetry Archive. "

    Created and run by the former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion and the recording producer Richard Carrington, the Poetry Archive is a virtual organisation with a small staff and low overheads. All the funding we raise goes into improving the service we offer our visitors. The Archive you can visit now is just the beginning: there are many more poets from around the English-speaking world to be added to the collection, many new features we'd like to add to our website and more help we want to offer teachers. Funding is needed to enable the Archive to continue to grow and, especially, so that the resource can achieve the financial resilience it needs to last long into the future.

    Poetry began as a spoken art form and rich enjoyment and illumination lie in listening to poets themselves reading their work to you. The Archive contains a wealth of information

  • Aims

    The Poetry Archive aims to:

    • The Poetry Archive makes contemporary poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable.
    • The Archive demonstrates the profound insights that come from hearing poets’ own readings of their work.
    • The Archive re-energises, enlivens and enhances the teaching of poetry.
    • The Archive preserves for future generations uniquely valuable voices which would otherwise be lost.
    • The Archive broadens the world-wide audience for poetry.
  • Overview

    Established: November 2005

    Registered Charity Number: 1093858

    Full time staff: 4

    Part time staff: 2

    Phone number: 01453 832090

    Address: PO Box 286 Stroud Gloucestershire GL6 1AL

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