Poetry & Spoken Word

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Community, advice and support, and raising the profile of poetry and performance

Welcome to the SoA Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG) page, a professional community for poets and spoken word artists. We come together to discuss issues affecting poets and the spoken word community, offer advice and support, and raise the profile of poetry and performance.

The Group is run by an elected committee and a professional coordinator from the SoA. We welcome new and existing SoA members. Please email Johanna Clarke and Mathilde Zeeman (PSWG coordinator) if you would like to get involved and be added to our newsletter.

We run events to give members the opportunity to mingle and socialise and we hold an Annual General Meeting, during which the Chair presents the committee’s annual report to the members, followed by a panel with experienced poets and spoken-word artists.

We also send out regular newsletters with info and opportunities in the world of poetry and spoken word, as well as news, advice and other related features. If you are a member and have something you would like to include in the Group newsletter, please contact Johanna Clarke and Mathilde Zeeman.


We are always working on creating useful resources for poets, which will be made available on this page. Find links to our resources on the right in ‘Related Links’.

In order to help poets to stay inspired during the Covid-19 national lockdown, we have created the ‘Lockdown resources for poets‘, a dynamic document containing sources of inspiration, online activities and tips from our committee members. If you have any further resources to add to the list, please email them to the group’s coordinators.

Making a Living as a Poet

Throughout our first year (2016-17), we held a series of events at festivals across the country on the theme of making money while working in poetry. Conversations with many different poets have thrown up lots of useful advice and interesting anecdotes (you can read about individual events on our Noticeboard below), and we have also produced an introductory guide, covering the most common tips.

Facebook discussion group

We have a private Facebook discussion group for members to stay in touch and exchange ideas, offer advice to others and discuss topics affecting poets and the spoken word community. Join here

Remember, for any queries that require immediate or specialist advice, contact our advisors directly on [email protected], or call the office on 020 3880 2230.

Poetry and Spoken Word AGM

Our Annual General Meeting for 2021 took place online on Thursday 10 March 2022.

Make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our events. Please contact Johanna Clarke and Mathilde Zeeman to be added.

Information for members

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