About Poetry Can


Poetry Can was established in March 1995 as a registered charity aiming to encourage as many people as possible within the Bristol,

Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas to get involved in poetry activity.

Poetry Can is still based in Bristol but now supports the development of poetry across the whole of the South West region.


The aims of Poetry Can are:

To increase opportunities for everyone to participate in and enjoy poetry, through a strategic programme of events and projects;

To initiate work in which poetry's role in lifelong learning is explored and extended;

To support the creative and professional development of poets of all ages and levels of experience;

To promote the poetry of the South West on a national level.

The Poetry Can is funded by the Arts Council of England and works in partnership with The University of West of England on Bristol Poetry Festival.


The Poetry Can's activities span a number of areas:



Poetry Can presents and supports a range of high profile events each year, including the Bristol Poetry Festival.


Education Projects

Poetry Can initiates and manages a number of events, activities and projects across a range of lifelong learning situations

which bring poetry into the community and develop new audiences for poetry.


Advice, Training and Support

Poetry Can provides advice, information and support to individuals, groups, agencies and organisations through it's website,

monthly e-bulletin, individual poetry surgeries, as well as by answering general enquiries.


At all times the focus is on equal opportunities for everyone.



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Poetry Can is a registered charity.     Charity reg. no. 1045134        Company no: 03034416