Listed alphabetically by poet's surname

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Should you wish to buy or find out more about a recommended book we have provided a link to each book's page on the Amazon UK website for speed of access. But please note you may also find out much more and also purchase books from the websites of the particular poets and/or publishers; or from bookshops; or you may be able to borrow a copy of a recommended book from your local library.

Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock, Poems 1960-2000

Bloodaxe Books, 2000

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock

  

 

John Agard

John Agard, From the Devil's Pulpit

Bloodaxe Books, 1997

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

John Agard

John Agard

  

 

Moniza Alvi

Moniza Alvi, Europa

Bloodaxe Books, 2008

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

Moniza Alvi

Moniza Alvi

  
Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage, Selected Poems

Faber & Faber, 2001

Faber & Faber

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Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

   
Gabeba Baderoon

Gabeba Baderoon, A Hundred Silences

Kwela Books, 2006

Kwela Books

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Gabeba Baderoon

Gabeba Baderoon

  
Peter Bennett

Peter Bennet, The Glass Swarm

Flambard Press, 2008

Flambard Press

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Peter Bennet

Peter Bennet

 

Sidereal

Rachael Boast, Sidereal

Picador 2011

Picador

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Rachael Boast

Rachael Boast

 

Robyn Bolam

Robyn Bolam, New Wings: Poems 1997-2007

Bloodaxe Books, 2007

Bloodaxe Books

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Robyn Bolam

Robyn Bolam

   
Jean Binta Breeze

Jean 'Binta' Breeze, The Fifth Figure: A Poet's Tale

Bloodaxe Books, 2006

Bloodaxe Books

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Jean Binta Breeze

Jean 'Binta' Breeze

   
David Briggs

David Briggs, The Method Men

Salt Modern Poets, 2010

Salt Publishing

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David Briggs

David Briggs

   
Zoe Brigley

Zoe Brigley, The Secret

Bloodaxe Books, 2007

Bloodaxe Books

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Zoe Brigley

Zoe Brigley

     
Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky, Collected Poems in English

Oxford Poets, 2001

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Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky

   
George Makay Brown

George Mackay Brown

The Collected Poems of George Mackay Brown

John Murray Publishers, 2006

 Availalable here

 

George Mackay Brown

George Mackay Brown

   
Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce, The Full Indian Rope Trick

Picador, 2004

Picador

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Colette Bryce

Colette Bryce

   
Ciaran Carson

Ciaran Carson, Collected Poems

The Gallery Press, 2009

The Gallery Press

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Ciaran Carson

Ciaran Carson

   
Polly Clarke

Polly Clark, Take Me With You

Bloodaxe Books, 2004

Bloodaxe Books

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Polly Clark

Polly Clark

   
Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope

Two Cures For Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006

Faber & Faber, 2009

Faber & Faber

But here

 

Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope

    
Julia Copus

Julia Copus, In Defence of Adultery

Bloodaxe Books, 2003

Bloodaxe Books

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Julia Copus

Julia Copus

  
Andy Croft

Andy Croft, Sticky

Flambard Press, 2009

Flambard Press

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Andy Croft

Andy Croft

   
Three Men on a Metro

Andy Croft, W N Herbert, Paul Summers

Three Men on the Metro

Five Leaves Publications, 2009

Five Leaves Publishing

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Paul Summers Andy Croft W N Herbert

L to R

Paul Summers, Andy Croft,

W N Herbert

    
Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker, Leaving Fingerprints

Bloodaxe Books, 2009

Bloodaxe Books

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Imtiaz Dharker
Imtiaz Dharker
     
Maura dooley

Maura Dooley, Sound Barrier: Poems 1982-2002

Bloodaxe Books, 2002

Bloodaxe Books

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Maura Dooley

Maura Dooley

    
Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig, The Lammas Hireling

Picador, 2003

Picador

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Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig

 
Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore, Out of the Blue: Poems 1975-2001

Bloodaxe Books, 2001

Bloodaxe Books

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Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore

   
Jane Draycott

Jane Draycott, Over

Oxford Poets, 2009

Available here

Buy here

 

Jane Draycott

Jane Draycott

  
Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy, Feminine Gospels

Picador, 2010

Picador

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Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

    
Douglas Dunn

Douglas Dunn, New Selected Poems 1964-2000

Faber and Faber, 2003

Faber & Faber

Buy here

 

Douglas Dunn

Douglas Dunn

  

 

Perfect Blemish

Menna Elfyn, Perfect Blemish

Bloodaxe books 2007

Bloodaxe Books

 

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Menna Elfyn

Menna Elfyn

 

Ruth Fainlight

Ruth Fainlight, New and Collected Poems

Bloodaxe Books, 2010

 

Buy here

 

Ruth Fainlight

Ruth Fainlight

   
Paul Farley

Paul Farley, The Atlantic Tunnel, Selected Poems

Faber & Faber, 2010

Available here

Buy here

 

Paul Farley

Paul Farley

   
Peter Finch

Peter Finch, The Welsh Poems

Shearsman Books, 2006

Shearsman Books

Buy here

 

Peter Finch

Peter Finch 

    
U A Fanthorpe

U A Fanthorpe, New and Collected Poems

Enitharmon Press, 2010

Enitharmon Press

Buy here

 

U A Fanthorpe

U A Fanthorpe

    
Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw, Night Photograph

Faber & Faber, 1993

Available here

Buy here

 

Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw

 

 

Jane Griffiths

Jane Griffiths, Icarus on Earth

Bloodaxe Books, 2005

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

Jane Griffiths

Jane Griffiths

 

 

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney, Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996

Faber & Faber, 2002

Buy here

 

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

 

 

The Mersey Sound

Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, Brian Patten

The Mersey Sound

Penguin Classics, 2007

Buy here

 

Brian Patten Adrian Henry Roger McGough

L to R

Brian Patten, Adrian Henri,

Roger McGough

 

 

W N herbert

W N Herbert, Bad Shaman Blues

Bloodaxe Books, 2006

Buy here

 

W N Herbert

W N Herbert

 

 

Zbigignew Herbert

Zbigniew Herbert, The Collected Poems: 1956-1958

Ecco; Reprint edition, 2008

Buy here

 

Zbigniew Herbert

Zbigniew Herbert

 

 

Morislav Horub

Miroslav Holub

Poems Before and After: Collected English Translations

Bloodaxe Books, New edition, 2006

Buy here

 

Miroslav Holub

Morislav Holub

 

 

Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes

Collected Poems of Ted Hughes

Faber & Faber 2005

Buy here

 

Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes

 

 

Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie, The Tree House

Picador, 2004

Buy here

 

Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie

 

 

Brendan Kennelly

Brendan Kennelly, Familiar Strangers

Bloodaxe Books, 2004

Bloodaxe Books

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Brendqaan Kennelly

Brendan Kennelly

 

 

Rustum Kozain

Rustum Kozain, This Carting Life

Kwela Books, 2005

Buy here

 

Rustum Kozain

Rustum Kozain

 

 

Gwyneth Lewis

Gwyneth Lewis, Chaotic Angels: Collected Poems

Bloodaxe Books 2004

Buy here

 

Gwyneth Lewis

Gwyneth Lewis

 

 

Francis Leviston

Frances Leviston, Public Dream

Picador, 2007

Buy here

 

Frances Leviston

Frances Leviston

 

 

Lang Lian

Yang Lian, Lee Valley Poems

Bloodaxe Poems, 2009

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

Yang Lian

Yang Lian

 

 

Sarah McGuire

Sarah Maguire, The Florists at Midnight

Jonathan Cape, 2001

Buy here

 

Sarah Maguire

Sarah Maguire

 

 

Oslip Mendalstram

Osip Mandelstam, Selected Poems

Penquin Classics, New edition 1991

Buy here

 

Osip Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam

 

 

Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell

One Thousand Nights and Counting, Selected Poems

Picador, 2011 (- to be released Feb. 2011)

Buy here

 

Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell

 

 

Roger McGough

Roger McGough, Collected Poems

Penguin, 2004

Buy here

 

Roger McGough

Roger McGough

 

 

Mebdh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian, My Love Has Fared Inland

The Gallery Press, 2008

Buy here

 

Mebdh McGuckian

Mebdh McGuckian

 

 

Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz, New and Collected Poems 1931-2001

Penguin Classics, 2006

Buy here

 

Czeslaw Miloz

Czeslaw Milosz

 

 

Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale, Collected Poems, 1920-1954

Farrar Straus Giroux; revised edition 2000

Buy here

 

Eugenio Montale

Eugenio Montale

 

 

Edwin Morgan

Edwin Morgan, Collected Poems

Caracnet Press, New edition, 1996

Buy here

 

Edwin Morgan

Edwin Morgan

 

 

 

David Morley

David Morley, The Invisible Kings

Carcanet Press, 2007

Buy here

 

David Morley

David Morley

 

 

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra, Look We Have Coming To Dover!

Faber & Faber, 2007

Buy here

 

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra

 

 

Sean Obrien

Sean O'Brien, The Drowned Book

Picador, 2007

Buy here

 

Sean O'Brien

Sean O'Brien

 

 

Brian Patten

Brian Patten, Selected Poems

Penguin, 2007

Penguin Books

Buy here

 

Brian Patten

Brian Patten

 

 

Don Paterson

Don Paterson, Landing Light

Faber & Faber, 2004

Buy here

 

Don Paterson

Don Paterson

 

 

Janos Pilinszky

Janos Pilinszky, Selected Poems

Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1976

Buy here

 

Janos Pilinszky

Janos Pilinszky

 

 

Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley, The Brink

Picador, 2003

Available here

Buy here

 

Jacob Polley

Jacob Polley

 

 

Vasco Popa

Vasko Popa, Vasko Popa: Collected Poems

Anvil Press Poetry, Revised and Expanded Edition, 1999

Buy here

 

Vasco Popa

Vasko Popa

 

 

Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts, Corpus

Jonathan Cape, 2004

Buy here

 

Michael Symmonds Roberts

Michael Symmonds Roberts

 

 

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson, Swithering

Picador 2006

Buy here

 

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson

 

 

Neil Rollinson

Neil Rollinson, Spanish Fly

Jonathan Cape, 2001

Buy here

 

Niel Rollinson

Niel Rollinson

 

 

Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott, Of Mutability

Faber & Faber, 2010 

Buy here

 

Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott

 

 

Clare Shaw

Clare Shaw, Straight Ahead

Bloodaxe Books, 2006

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

Clare Shaw

Clare Shaw

 

 

Skirrid Hill

Owen Sheers, Skirrid Hill

Seren 2005

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Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers

 

Shuttle - Redgrove

Penelope Shuttle, Redgrove's Wife

Bloodaxe Books, 2006

Redgrove's Wife

Buy here

 

Penelope Shuttle

Penelope Shuttle

 

 

Shuttle - Sandgrain

Penelope Shuttle, Sandgrain and Hourglass

 Bloodaxe Books, 2010

Sandgrain and Hourglass

Buy here

 

Penelope Shuttle Penelope Shuttle

 

 

Dorothea Smartt

Dorothea Smartt, Connecting Medium

Peepal Tree Press, 2001

Buy here

 

Dorothea Smartt

Dorothea Smartt

 

 

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith, The Butcher's Hands

Smith/Doorstop Books, 2003

Buy here

 

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith

 

 

Ken Smith

Ken Smith, Shed: Poems 1980-2001

Bloodaxe Books, 2002

Buy here

 

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

 

 

Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland, Hard Water

Jonathan Cape, 2003

Buy here

 

Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland

 

 

John Stammers

John Stammers, Stolen Love Behaviour

Picador, 2005

Buy here

 

John Stammers

John Stammers

 

 

Anne Stevenson

Anne Stevenson, Poems 1955-2055

Bloodaxe Books, 2005

Buy here

 

Ann Stevenson

Ann Stevenson

 

 

Paul Summers

Paul Summers, The Last Bus

Iron Press, 1998

Buy here

 

Paul Summers

Paul Summers

 

 

Matthew Sweeney

Matthew Sweeney, Selected Poems

Jonathan Cape, 2002

Buy here

 

Matthew Sweeney

Matthew Sweeney

 

 

George Szirtes

George Szirtes, New and Collected Poems

Bloodaxe Books, 2008

Buy here

 

George Szirtes

George Szirtes

 

 

Wislaw Szymborska

Wislawa Szymborska, New and Collected

Roundhouse Publishing, New edition, 2000

Buy here

 

Wislawa Szymborska

Wislawa Szymorska

 

 

The Floating Man

Katharine Towers, The Floating Man

Picador, 2010

Buy here

Katherine Towers

Katharine Towers

 

Adam Zagajewski

Adam Zagajewski, Selected Poems of Adam Zagajewski

Faber and Faber, 2004

Buy here

 

Adam Zagajewski

Adam Zagajewski

 

 

Benjamin Zepheniah

Benjamin Zephaniah, The Little Book of Vegan Poems

AK Press, 2001

Buy here

 

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephania

 

 

A selection of poetry anthologies that Poetry Can would highly recommend as essential reading.

Should you wish to buy or find out more about a recommended book we have provided a link to each book's page on the Amazon UK website for speed of access. But please note you may also find out much more and also purchase books from the websites of the particular poets and/or publishers; or from bookshops; or you may be able to borrow a copy of a recommended book from your local library.

 

Being Human

Being Human, edited by Niel Astley

Bloodaxe Books, 2011

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

  

 

 

Being Alive

Being Alive, edited by Neil Astley

Bloodaxe Books, 2004

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

 

Staying Alive

Staying Alive, edited by Neil Astley

Bloodaxe Books, 2002 

Bloodaxe Books

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Red

Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry, edited by Kwame Dawes

Peepal Tree Press, 2010

Peepal Tree Press

Buy here

 

 

Northern Anthology of Poetry

The Norton Anthology of Poetry, eds. Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, Jon Stallworthy

W. W. Norton & Co, 2005

W.W.Norton & Co

Buy here

 

 

Rattle Bag

The Rattle Bag, edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes

Faber and Faber, 2005

Faber & Faber

Buy Here

 

 

Identity Parade

Identity Parade, edited by Roddy Lumsden

Bloodaxe Books, 2010

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

 

Here to Eternity

Here to Eternity: An Anthology of Poetry, edited by Andrew Motion

Faber and Faber, 2002

Faber & Faber

Buy here

 

 

Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit: Poetry For Strange Times, edited by Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney

Faber and Faber, 2004

Faber & Faber

Buy here

 

 

Below is a list of books about writing poetry that Poetry Can would recommend to both experienced poets and those just starting out.

Should you wish to buy or find out more about a recommended book we have provided a link to each book's page on the Amazon UK website for speed of access. But please note you may also find out much more and also purchase books from the websites of the particular poets and/or publishers; or from bookshops; or you may be able to borrow a copy of a recommended book from your local library.

 

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

Oxford Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms  Chris Baldrick 

Oxford University Press 2004

Oxford University Press

Buy here

 

 


Robert Frost on Writing

Robert Frost on Writing Elaine Barry

Rutgers University Press, 1973

Rutgers University Press

Buy here

 

 


Introduction to English Poetry

Introduction to English Poetry James Fenton

Penguin, 2003

Penguin Books online

Buy here

 

 


George Sutherland Fraser

Metre, Rhyme and Free Verse G.S. Fraser

Methuen, 1970

Buy here

 

 


Penguin Rhyming Dictionary

The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary Rossalind Fergusson

Penguin, 2004

Penguin Books online

Buy here

 

 


Metaphor

Metaphor Terence Hawkes

Methuen, 1972

Buy here

 

 


The Redress of Poetry

The Redress of Poetry – Oxford Lectures Seamus Heaney

Faber & Faber, 1995

Faber & Faber

Buy here

 

 


The Government of the Tongue

The Government of the Tongue – The 1986 T.S. Eliot Memorial Lectures and Other Critical Writings

Seamus Heaney

Faber & Faber, 1988

Faber & Faber

Buy here

 

 


Strong Words

Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry ed. by W.N. Herbert and Matthew Hollis

Bloodaxe, 2000

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

 


Poetry in the Making

Poetry in the Making Ted Hughes

Faber & Faber, 1967

Faber & Faber

Buy here

 

 


How Are Verses Made

How Are Verses Made? Vladimir Mayakovsky

Cape Editions, 1970

Buy here

 

 


Findings

Findings Kathleen Jamie

Sort Of Books, 2005

Sort Of Books

Buy here

 

 


The Deregulated Muse

The Deregulated Muse Sean O'Brien

Bloodaxe Books, 1997

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

 

 

Quote Poet Unquote

Quote Poet Unquote edited by Dennis O'Driscoll

Copper Canyon Press, 2008

Copper Canyon Press

Buy here

 

 

 

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney Dennis O'Driscoll

Faber & Faber, 2009

Faber & Faber

Buy here

 

 


52 Ways of Looking at a Poem

52 Ways of Looking at a Poem Ruth Padel

Chatto and Windus, 2002

Chatto and Windus

Buy here

 

 


The Poem and the Journey

The Poem and the Journey Ruth Padel

Chatto and Windus, 2007

Chatto and Windus

Buy here

 

 

 

Art in the Light of Conscience

Art in the Light of Conscience: Eight Essays on Poetry Marina Tsvetaeva

Bloodaxe Books, 2010

Bloodaxe Books

Buy here

 

 

 

Write Poetry and Get it Published

Write Poetry and Get It Published John Hartley Williams and Matthew Sweeney

Teach Yourself 2010

Teach Yourself

Buy here

 

 

 

The Writers Handbook

The Writer's Handbook

Macmillan

The Writers Handbook

Buy here

 

 


Writers and Artists Yearbook

The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook

A & C Black

The Writer's and Artist's Yearbook

Buy here

 

 


The websites listed below by no means represent the full gamut of websites available that will be of interest to poets,

however these are sites that we thought you might find most useful and interesting.

 

Amazon logo

Amazon
A great resource for buying poetry books

 

 

 

Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes
The leading organisation for performance poetry in the UK supporting spoken word artists, providing education projects and running performance poetry events.

 

 

 

Arts Council England logo

Arts Council England
Arts Council England develop, promote and invest in the arts in England.
They provide advice, support and funding for all artforms.

 

 

 

Arts Council Ireland logo

Arts Council Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaion

The national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland.

 

 

 

Arts Council Northern Ireland

Arts Council Northern Ireland

Supporting and promoting the arts in Northern Ireland

 

 

 

Arts Council of Wales logo

Arts Council of Wales / Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

Funding and development organisation for the arts in Wales.

 

 

  

Arvon Foundation

Arvon Foundation

Creative writing taught by professional writers at dedicated centres around the UK. Courses include Fiction Writing, Starting to Write, Writing for Children, Screen Writing, Poetry and more.

 

 

 

Contemporary Writers

Contemporary Writers in the UK

A unique, searchable database containing up-to-date profiles of many of the UK and
Commonwealth's most important living writers.

 

 

 
Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the new national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. They help Scotland’s creativity shine at home and abroad.

 

 

 

litworks logo web

Literature Works

Literature Works is the literature development agency for the South West whose role is to work with partners to raise funds to ensure that everyone in the South West can have access to the benefits of reading, writing and enjoying literature.

 

 

 
The Poetry Archive

Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive is an ever expanding archive of poets reading their own work.

 

 

 

Poetry Bookshop Online

Poetry Bookshop Online

A dedicated poetry bookshop run by The Poetry Society currently holding over 90,000 titles including latest releases, recommendations, gift books, prizewinning poetry, classics and much more.

 

 

 

Poetry Book Society

Poetry Book Society

Information, guidance and discounts on the best contemporary poetry for a wide-ranging community of readers.

 

 

 

Poetry Society logo

The Poetry Society

A charitable organisation providing support, information and poetry merchandise for specialists and the general public alike.

 

 

 

Poetry Library

The Poetry Library

The most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry in Britain available in many formats: books, pamphlets, audio cassette, CD, video and DVD for reference and loan.

 

 

 

Scottish Poetry Library The Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library is the place for poetry in Scotland, for the regular reader, the serious student or the casual browser.

 

 

 NAWE logo

NAWE Young Writers Hub

A writer development agency and leading publisher of contemporary writing from 16 to 25 year olds .

   
arkboundweb Arkbound
Social enterprise publishing in Bristol including the promotion of community development, social inclusion, sustainability and artistic talent forms an important part of our work.
They alos publish Boundless Magazine.
   

Culture Pl

Culture.pl
News on Polish Arts, theatre, film, music and literature worldwide.

   
   

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