About this website


The Poetry Can Website represents the poetry world in the South West region not only to itself, but also to the UK and to the World.

The site contains details of all areas of the poetry sector at work in the S.W. and will also provide key links to the national poetry sector.


On this site you can: 

contact The Poetry Can 

browse the latest News stories from the world of poetry 

see what poetry Events are taking place or submit an event to the site

click onto the Resources for information about competitions, publishers, promoters, colleges, universities and libraries,  festivals, 

courses and training, poetry and key organisations, and also for a section dedicated for young poets.


On the A-Z of Poets you can find information on the leading poets based in the South West including how to contact them;

The Advice section offers tips and suggestions on artistic and professional development for poets;

The Recommended section has links to key poetry websites, books about poetry, poetry anthologies and poetry collections;

Sign up to receive the monthly Poetry Can e-bulletin


But the website is more than a collection of poetry lists, it aims to show the dynamic web of relationships between the different areas of poetry

activity that make up the poetry sector.

We hope the website will also become a bank of excellence and excellent practice. We will solicit, promote and showcase stories and examples

of good practice in the poetry sector.


Through the Website, Bulletin and Poetry Surgeries, we will celebrate & promote:

 arts opportunities for people & places with the least engagement in the Sout West region 

examples of good practice taking place on a national and international level 

touring and digital platforms in the South West. 

provide advice & information to South West & national touring agencies and poets regarding S.W. & national contacts and opportunities. 

showcase innovative and successful examples of :

audience development in and beyond the South West  

collaboration between organisations in and beyond the S.W.


On the Website we will:

establish a series of Showcase Interviews focussing on sharing all aspects of poetry related-knowledge and good practice with the poetry

leadership and workforce in the S.W.

develop dedicated sections on the new Poetry Can website for children and young people.

establish a series of Showcase Interviews and Features focussing on the sharing of all aspects of poetry related knowledge, skills and

good practice with the poetry leadership and workforce in the South West, including: poets, poetry events and activities, organisers, agency

managers, magazine and book publishers, poetry group facilitators, teachers, lecturers and workshop leaders, the Arts Council England workers

and Local Authority workers etc.



There will be dedicated sections in the bulletin and on the new Poetry Can website for children and young people, including: 

  interviews with children and young people in the region who enjoy poetry and particpate in poetry activities;  

 young poets who have had some kind of success, such as been published, winning a competition, or have received 

plaudits for poetry performances.   

promotion of poetry resources, opportunities, events and activities in the S.W. for children and young people.    

appropriate national resources, opportunities, events and activities for children and young people.

 examples of good practice re. poetry and children and young people.




Please email your information and stories of the kinds of good practice listed above to: info@poetrycan.co.uk

or use the form in the contact section.

If you would like to discuss your information and stories beforehand please phone Colin Brown on : 0117 933 0900