About this website

The English and Media Centre has recently been awarded a small grant from Arts Council England to carry out a pilot study into the feasibility of a freely accessible web-based video channel and portal for poetry. The point of the Channel is to together diverse poetry worlds – from the unpublished world of slams, live events and song writing, to the published, literary and classic traditions of poetry. Our aim is to exploit the potential of the web to create a rich multi-sensory experience of poetry which music, film, and animation, as well as readings by actors and authors.

Most of the poets represented on the pilot site are poets that we have filmed 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 fee. In order to include a wider range of poets, and give more of a flavour of what the site will offer, we have also included poetry films and videos created by other organisations such as Channel 4, the BBC, YouTube and specialist poetry publishers, Bloodaxe.

We hope you enjoy browsing the site and watching the videos. Do let us know what you think – the videos you’ve particularly enjoyed, poets you’d like to see featured, the design of the site and usable you find it – by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

This site strives to conform to the Web Accessibility Initiative’s triple-A standard. For information on adjusting your computer to suit your needs, visit the BBC’s My Web My Way website.

Web standards and compatibility
The site has been designed to adhere to the World Wide Web Consortium’s web standards so that it is readable in a variety of settings and for use with a screen reader.

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