You’re Invited…


St Chad’s College Chapel, Durham – as part of Durham Book Festival 2018

Saturday 6 October – Sunday 7 October 2018

To talk about a poem that’s been a friend to you.


Join us for a unique experience – a chance to explore a poem that has been a friend to you, in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team.

The Poetry Exchange is returning to Durham Book Festival this October, for conversations with people about the poems as friends in their lives – in the beautiful setting of St Chad’s College Chapel…and you’re invited!

For more information and to book, click here:

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Alternatively, please feel free to email us on or call John Prebble on 07854 426247.

Exchanges will be booked on a first come, first served basis but we will always do our very best to accommodate your preferred time slot.

This is a free event.

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We hope to meet you and your poem as friend in Durham soon!


Past Exchanges

We continue to bring The Poetry Exchange to a range of venues and settings around the UK. Recent visits have included:

  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead;
  • HOME, Manchester;
  • Wise Words Festival, Canterbury;
  • The Word, South Shields;
  • Durham University Foundation Centre;
  • The Story Museum, Oxford;
  • The October Gallery, London;
  • Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester.

If you’d like us to come to your neck of the woods, get in touch and we will do our very best to accommodate your request. You can also sign up to our Mailing List, follow us on Twitter @PoetryExch and like ‘The Poetry Exchange’ on Facebook for the latest details of more Exchange days coming soon…


“The Poetry Exchange, is to my mind and ears, unique – a space where readers of poetry can describe, articulate share – why a particular poem matters to them. It’s a way of talking about and thinking about poetry that takes it out of the academic and directly into people’s lives, and shows how a poem is not just a scholastic exercise to be solved but the very stuff of living.”

Rishi Dastidar, Associate Editor, Rialto.


Do you have a poem that’s been a friend to you?


If so, we’d love to meet them! Introduce your friend to us and tell us how it’s been a friend to you by following the instructions on our Nominate page.

You can also Subscribe to The Poetry Exchange podcast and journey with us through the conversations we have been having with people about poems as friends.

You can discover all the episodes of our podcast, as well as special recordings of many poems brought to The Poetry Exchange, on our Listen page.





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