Our Partners

The Poetry Archive

Programme partners

Content Partners


County Partners

The Poetry Archive is the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their own work www.poetryarchive.org.  The Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience. The Poetry Archive trustees have been unstinting in their support of this major development project.


Peter Griffin, head of Griffin Marketing, has been with the project since the beginning. Providing logistical support for almost every event Poetry By Heart has been involved in – CPDs to regional contests and national finals – Griffin Marketing has taken an essential role in 2015-16 in processing registrations and sourcing, printing and distributing our posters and promotional material!


The Poetry By Heart website was designed and built by the fantastically creative team at Howoco, who understood our vision immediately and backed it with their time, energy and imagination from the project’s inception. We will be working with them in 2015-16 to make the poetry on the website even more fun to explore and enjoy.



We are very pleased to be working with the Forward Arts Foundation which runs National Poetry Day. We share a strong interest in promoting and celebrating the enjoyment of poetry. We are grateful to the Forward Arts Foundation for their help in spreading the word about Poetry By Heart 2015-16.


The National Association of Writers in Education supports the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings throughout the UK. NAWE is continuing to collaborate with Poetry By Heart on the teacher professional development programme, and to extend thinking within the poetry community about poetry recitation and memorisation.

The Poetry Society’s mission is to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry. The Poetry Society is continuing to collaborate with Poetry By Heart on the teacher professional development programme, and to extend thinking within the poetry community about poetry recitation and memorisation.


Writing West Midlands is the literature development agency for the West Midlands. Writing West Midlands is continuing to collaborate with Poetry By Heart on the teacher professional development programme, and to extend thinking within the poetry community about poetry recitation and memorisation.

In 2013 we added a special showcase collection of World War I poets and poems to support the centenary commemorations. Students in the county rounds and beyond were required to recite a third poem from this showcase. The showcase collection will continue to offer a variety of First World War poetry for the school and county rounds in the 2015-16 competition. We are collaborating with the First World War Poetry Digital Archive to develop fresh and engaging approaches to the poetry of this war.

We are equally delighted to renew our partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London. They have proved an invaluable resource in allowing us to access the greatest collection of portraiture in the UK, for the poet portraits that add colour and context to the website, especially our interactive timeline. The NPG kindly hosted the national finals, as well as a CPD, for the first two years of Poetry By Heart.

Poetry By Heart has been generously supported and funded by the Department for Education for a further two years. We are grateful to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, former Secretary of State for Education, for his encouragement of the project from its inception. We also acknowledge the interest and steady support of members past and present of the Department for Education English Standards team.


OUP has supported Poetry By Heart from its beginning, providing essential financial support for the first version of the website and a very generous ongoing partnership which enables us to offer material from the online Oxford English Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and American National Biography free of charge. We value this partnership highly for the way in which young people and their teachers are able to use world class reference material at the point of need.




Felix Dennis provided a generous financial gift to enable us to substantially develop the Poetry By Heart website, and to put in place more effective hosting and support. The website is now used by many thousands of students and teachers all over the world and is becoming a significant resource for poetry education. We are most grateful for this support.

This page acknowledges all of the organisations and venues which helped us put together the regional stages of Poetry By Heart 2015-16.

Winsford Academy, Cheshire
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria
The Portico Library, Manchester
Lancaster Library
The Bluecoat Theatre, Liverpool
Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, County Durham
Explore York Library Learning Centre
Newcastle City Library
Leeds Central Library
Hull Maritime Museum
Library of Birmingham
Writing West Midlands
Writing East Midlands
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
The Shakespeare Birth Trust, Warwickshire
Derby Theatre
The Curve, Leicester
The Collection, Lincoln
Old Fire Station, Oxford
High Wycombe Library
Paul Robeson Theatre, Hounslow Arts Centre
Romford Library
Woodhouse College, London
Sutton Central Library
The Council Chamber, Shire Hall, Cambridge
The Quarry Theatre, Bedford School
The Poetry Trust, Suffolk
Norwich Arts Centre
The Pavilion, Essex County Cricket Club
Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol
Sterts Theatre, Cornwall
Exeter Phoenix
Hawkwood College, Gloucestershire
The Egg Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath
Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Hampshire
Jubilee Library, Brighton
Woking Library
Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent
The Council Chamber, Dorset County Council