A welcome message from Andrew Motion, introducting the key features of this new Poetry Archive website.
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We need your help

The Poetry Archive’s vision is to acquire and make recordings of contemporary English-language poets reading their own work, to collect and preserve recordings of great poets from the past, and to make extracts from all these recordings available free of charge in as enjoyable and accessible way as possible via this website and beyond.

In order to make this exciting project succeed, we need your help.

The Poetry Archive is a registered charity and reliant on the generosity of donors just like you. We are grateful to each and every one of you. You can find out more about who supports us on our Benefactors page.

Our aims are unlimited but our funds are not and whoever or wherever you are, there are a multitude of ways in which you can help. You can make a on off donation, or set up a regular gift. Use our text giving service, send a cheque or make a gift in your will. 

£2,500 will create a new recording to be placed on the site forever. However, every little helps - £45 will help create a lesson plan for a busy teacher, £60 can pay for a poet’s train ticket to a recording studio or £150 can pay for a photographer to take a portrait of a poet to accompany their work online.

Click to make an online donation

American and International Friends of the archive

The Poetry Archive is a project without borders and is available to everyone no matter where they are. We have a busy international recording programme supported by cultural partnerships, academic exchanges, skills sharing and educational work in many countries around the world. This work is underpinned by a network of international supporters and advocates, providing much needed funding and advice.

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The Poetry Archive gratefully acknowledges the generous support of many organisations and individuals.