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,

  • 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: 0330 001 0772

    Address: Balls Green House GL6 9AR

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