Missing voices

The Poetry Archive will continue to grow as time goes by. Our collection of recordings will never be complete: we will keep adding recordings by poets whose voices are not yet included in the Archive and from time to time we will add new recordings by poets who have already recorded readings for us.

Make a suggestion

You may have noticed that your favourite living poet is not yet represented in the Archive's collection. If that is so, please let us know and we will do our best to add the recording you have suggested. (We cannot promise to send a personal reply to the emails we receive but you can be certain that your email will be read.)

Some gaps in our collection of historic recordings are caused by the fact that, as far as our researchers can find out, no recordings exist by some poets from the twentieth century and the end of the nineteenth century. We would be delighted to find previously unknown recordings by great poets from the past; especially by such poets as Thomas Hardy and A. E. Housman, who were never, as far as we know, invited to record their work. If you have such a recording, please let us know!

Recent additions

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

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Christopher Reid

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Mark McWatt

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Glossary term

Free Verse

Poetry that does not use regular metre or fixed forms.

Guided tours

A tour of the Archive with Sherrie Talgeri

Poetry is life with line-breaks – a personal matter – and I hope that this six poem mixtape I’ve chosen will...

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