In 2009 the English & Media Centre was awarded a small grant from Arts Council of England to create a freely accessible web-based video channel and portal for poetry.

Our aim was to:

  • exploit the potential of the web to create a rich multi-sensory experience of poetry which includes music, film, and animation, as well as readings by actors and authors.
  • bring together diverse and eclectic poetry worlds – from the unpublished world of slams, live events and song writing, to the published, literary and classic traditions of poetry.
  • appeal to a really wide audience, from committed poetry readers to those who have felt excluded or haven’t thought poetry is for them.

The pilot phase came to an end in March 2010. Since then the English and Media Centre has continued to fund the website in order to keep the site live and open to visitors. We will continue to add new poems to the site as often as we can.

A big thank you to the poets who’ve supported us so far

Most of the poets on the pilot site have been filmed by us in the past as part of our work with schools. We are enormously grateful at the pilot stage of the project to all the poets who have given us permission to use these recordings without a fee. To give more of a flavour of what the site will finally offer, we have also included material created by other organisations such as Channel 4, the BBC, YouTube and specialist poetry publishers, Bloodaxe.

Who are we?

The English and Media Centre is a not-for-profit trust offering publications and professional development on all aspects of English teaching for teachers and students of literature, language and media in the UK and abroad.

You can find out more about our work by visiting the Centre website.

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