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Grace Gauld



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I am a published poet/performer and performed widely including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

I am the coordinator of the Salisbury Poetry Cafe at Salisbury Arts Centre.



Click on the letters below to find South West based poets.

Poets are listed alphabetically by surname.

In order to appear on the list poets need to:

live in, or be based in, the South West of England

have at least one poetry collection or pamphlet published by a poetry book publisher (not self-published)

or, if a performance poet, they will have been booked to perform by at least two Poetry/Literature Festivals, or by established poetry promoters

(for example, Apples & Snakes) on at least two occasions.


Contact Poetry Can



Tel: (0117) 9330900

Poetry Can
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 Young Poets Network


 Young Poets Network

The Poetry Society's excellent and comprehensive resource for young poets

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Tower Poetry

Based at Christ Church, Oxford, offering opportunities and resources to young

British poets. They aim to develop the role of poetry in education and enable

new poets to showcase their talents through a series of exciting initiatives ranging

from courses, competitions and workshops to readings and publications.

Poetry Archive  

Poetry Archive

The Children's Poetry Archive



Children's Zone  

Poetry Library

The Children's Zone


Poetry Library  

Poetry Library

A directory of links to children's poetry resources



Foyle Young Poets  

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The UK's largest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds.



Poetry Bookshelf  

Children's Poetry Bookshelf

Poems, quizzes and puzzles



Poetry Zone  

The Poetry Zone

Including a poetry gallery where you can upload your poems





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Academy of American Poets

Founded to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary

poetry. The Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest

literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school

teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of nearly 500 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and,

our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a

million unique users each month.




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Canadian Poetry Association

The main aims of the Canadian Poetry Association are:

 To promote the reading, writing, publishing and preservation of poetry in Canada through the individual efforts of


 To promote communication among poets, publishers and the general public;

 To encourage leadership and participation from members and to encourage the formation and development of 

 autonomous local chapters.




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HaikuOz  The Australian Haiku Society

This site was established in 2000 to promote enjoyment of haiku within Austrailia and to bring Australian writers to

the world haiku community. There are competitions, events, news and archives of haiku.





Irish Writers Centre

A website that includes events, publications, opportuniies and news for irish writers.




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Literature Wales

Formerly Academi and Ty Newydd this is the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Authors

representing the interests of Welsh writers· (poets, novelists, fictioneers, storytellers, dramatists, critics) and Welsh

writing both inside Wales and beyond.




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New Zealand Poetry Society

Promoting and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand.

As well as publishing an informative, NZPS runs the Poets in Workplaces Scheme; an annual International Poetry

Competition that features two adult and two youth sections (to encourage and promote young writers); publishes

an anthology of prizewinning and commended entries and editor's picks from the Competition;  runs an annual

Poetry Workshop with an established poet as guest tutor; organises tours of local and of overseas poets with the

support of Creative New Zealand and other high-profile agencies such as the Australian High Commission; offers a

Poetry Advisory Service; provides information on poetry competitions in New Zealand and overseas; and hosts an

informational and member-driven website.




Poetry International Web

Poetry International Web’s main objectives include making available quality poetry from as many countries as possible

to an international readership, encouraging poetry translation, stimulating the international exchange of knowledge

about poetry, and facilitating an international community of poetry-readers.




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Poetry in the Arts

Based in Austin, Texas, USA, PITA is a collaborative effort involving poets, writers, educators, the business community

and volunteers from throughout society who are commited to promoting the literary arts and artists and literary arts





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Poetry Ireland

Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann is the national organisation for poetry in Ireland.

They serve all 32 counties and receive support from The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts

Council of Northern Ireland.

Their remit is to act as a resource and information point for everything to do with poetry in Ireland serving poets,

writers, academics and any member of the public with an interest in poetry.




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Poetry Society of America

A comprehensive resource for poets in America; including news, competitions, events, awards, a store, and a large

poetry website database.


American Graduate Schools

Online project that, in conjunction with the National Center for Education Statistics, has created a National Education

Index for students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees in English across the US. The collected and compiled data from

more than 19,000 education programs at 2,240 universities throughout America has been packaged into an easy-to-use and

useful database.  Ideal for students interested in furthering their education and maybe applying for courses in America or online.



Arts Marketing Association




The AMA is the professional development organisation working with arts professionals

who are passionate about bringing arts and audiences together. The AMA aims to

give them the skills and knowledge to achieve their goals, grow their confidence and

succeed in their careers.






Website for literature development in Swindon





Blue Nose Poets



A national poetry organisation, based in London UK, which provides workshops,

cross-artform events, residential courses, platforms for new writing, correspondence

workshops, poetry competitions and services to schools.




Book Trust










An independent national charity that encourages people of all ages and cultures to

discover and enjoy reading.

The reader is at the heart of everything they do. Including: Bookstart, a national

programme that works through locally-based organisations to give a free pack of

books to babies, together with guidance materials for parents and carers; Writing

Together , which aims to ensure that, during their life at school, every child

encounters opportunities to work with professional writers who inspire them creatively;

Children's books: a website to find recommended books for ages 0 to 16, plus

interviews with authors, features, articles and free resources for teachers.




Literature Works



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.




Dead Good Poets Society





Based in Liverpool and existing to promote poetry through performance and to

encourage the development of new poets and audiences.

Their aims are: to maintain and develop a strong poetry base in Liverpool and

Merseyside; to make the poetry scene accessible to a wider range of people; to

build up poetry performance as a vibrant and powerful art form.




Disability Writes







Actively supporting and encouraging disabled writers, whatever their previous writing


Their aim is that disabled people can, through using thier site, learn and develop

creative writing skills in their own time and at their own pace. They promote the work

of disabled writers to a wide audience of disabled and non-disabled people through

the website and printed publications.




Diversity in Publishing Network



DIPNet has been established to promote the status and contribution of social groups

traditionally underrepresented within all areas of publishing, as well as support those

seeking to enter the industry.








The UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing.

Lapidus journal offers diverse articles exploring areas of writing for wellbeing, from

writers reflecting on their own process, to practitioners and researchers involving

writing in their work with others.




 New Black Arts Alliance





Working across art forms to create productions that challenge perceptions of Black

culture and that celebrate the many dimensions of Black heritages. Employing the arts

as a learning vehicle to assist disadvantaged and disenfranchised individuals particularly

where they run the risk of civil law infringement. Using the wide ranging creative skills

and social experiences of the company.




New Writing North



A development agency for creative writing and creative reading based in the North

East of England.Specialising in the development of talent and acting as a dynamic

broker between writers, agents and producers across the creative industries.




New Writing South







Working with all kinds of creative writers and new writing in the south east region:

authors, playwrights, poets, screen writers, radio writers, journalists and more.

Offering writers’ development, encouragement, resources and opportunities to make

new contacts. They also programme numerous events that aim to enhance skills,

stretch creativity and broker partnerships with those who produce and publish work.

Membership is open to everyone involved in creative writing in the south.




Poetry Kit


A comprehensive online resource for poetry from around the world.

Including: competitions, listings, Events, magazines and news




The Friends of Coleridge



The Friends of Coleridge aims to foster interest in the life and works of the poet

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his circle, and to support Coleridge Cottage in Nether

Stowey, Somerset, through co-operation with the National Trust.




The Poetry Society







A membership-based and Arts Council England-funded registered charity, whose stated

aims are to promote the study, use and enjoyment of poetry. Many professional poets

are members of the Society, although not all.

Membership is open to anyone. Many of the thousands of members around the world

are teachers, librarians, booksellers, journalists - a wide range, in fact, of readers,

writers and lovers of poetry.




Writers Net




WritersNet's discussion forums bring writers and publishing professionals from around

the world together to share writing experiences. Join others discussing and exchanging

ideas about the writing life and the business of writing. Share your expertise and

experience or benefit from the expertise and experience of others.





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