The Poets The Poetry Archive is a treasure-trove of English-language poets reading their own work. Some are historic recordings, some have been made specially for the Archive - which means its range is the widest possible: from Tennyson at the end of the c19, through poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Langston Hughes in the middle of the c20, to contemporary poets including Seamus Heaney, Ruth Padel and Kathleen Jamie. On this page, you'll find information about who to look for in the Archive, and how to find them, as well as information about how to discover - by theme or region or guided tour - poets whose work you may not yet know.

New to the Archive

Historic Recordings

Hear famous voices from poetry's past.

Missing Voices

Do you know of a recording by a poet from the past whose voice is not yet included in the Archive? Or would you like to suggest a living poet we should add to the Archive?

Poet In Residence

Each term a different poet is in residence here, talking about poetry with anyone who wants to join in the conversation. You are welcome to explore our archive of past residencies and read some of the lively and varied discussions you'll find there.

The Children's Archive

This part of the Archive is full of poems chosen specially for children. Meet old favourites and make new discoveries.


Jackie Kay
Join Jackie Kay as she reveals the musical influences on her award-winning poetry, and passes on some of her tips for helping you put pen to paper.
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My Archive

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Guided tours Tour by:
Chris Pearson

When choosing poems for my tour, I had just one criterion in mind: that each poem must allow me to comment on the quality of the spoken word (after all, that is what makes the Archive such a brilliant resource). Consequently, I have ended up with an interesting and engaging (if not odd) collection of poems and not one that I would have imagined collating from the outset.

Chris Pearson's tour

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