About us

The Poetry Society

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote a ‘more general recognition and appreciation of poetry’. Since then, we have grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today we have nearly 4000 members worldwide and publish the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review. Our dynamic education programmes provide inspiration and support for teachers and young people, while our publications and awards (such as the National Poetry Competition and Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award) nurture new writing. With innovative commissioning and residency programmes and a packed calendar of live performances and online events, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages.



Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, caring for the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, as well as museums, archives, and hundreds of important wildlife sites. We believe that living waterways transform places and enrich lives and our role is to make sure there is always a place on your doorstep where you can escape the pressures of everyday life, stretch your legs and simply feel closer to nature.

The Arts on the Waterways programme was initiated by the Trust in 2012 in partnership with Arts Council England, and more recently with strategic support from the Arts Council of Wales. We work with talented artists and leading arts institutions which are based near waterways to inspire more people to experience and appreciate our waterways www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/waterway-arts