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Celebrating & Sharing
POEMS AS FRIENDS

Welcome to The Poetry Exchange

We explore the idea of poems as friends.

 

We talk to people from all walks of life about the poem that has been a friend to them, celebrating the ways the poem speaks to them personally and the part it has played in their life.

 

We share these extraordinary stories of connection with listeners around the world through The Poetry Exchange podcast, as well as through live events and activities - opening a new door into poetry for the widest possible audience.

 

Our first anthology will be published by Quercus Editions in May 2024. Poems As Friends: The Poetry Exchange 10th Anniversary Anthology will bring together a selection of poems chosen by readers that know them as friends, presented alongside their personal stories of connection.

We invite you to join our community of poetry lovers, listeners, readers and writers...and enjoy a life filled with poems as friends.

"This whole exchange has provided me with an embarrassment of riches. Grateful. Humbled."

PATERSON JOSEPH

Poems as Friends - The Poetry Exchange
10th Anniversary Anthology

Released on 9th May 2024

Poems as Friends: The Poetry Exchange 10th Anthology

In this celebratory book, Fiona Bennett and Michael Shaeffer draw on ten years of archival material to bring together a collection of poems chosen by readers that know them as friends, presented alongside their personal stories of connection. 

You can now find or order your copy of Poems as Friends at bookshops around the UK and online.

"Compiling this anthology has been the most enriching, heart-warming creative project. We are thrilled to be bringing this book into the world with Quercus Editions and to be sharing poems as friends with readers far and wide."
Fiona Bennett and Michael Shaeffer

The Poetry Exchange Podcast

The Poetry Exchange podcast shares the conversations we have with people about the poem that has been a friend to them. In each episode you will hear our guest talking about their chosen poem and the part it has played in their life, as well as a unique recording of the poem that we make as a gift for them. Our podcast features conversations with people from all walks of life, as well as a range of special guests.

Official British Podcast Awards 2018 Silver Award Winner for Most Original Podcast

Official British Podcast Awards 2018, 

Silver Award Winner for Most Original Podcast

92. Meeting Point by Louis MacNeice

A Friend to Imtiaz Dharker

Subscribe to our podcast to receive episodes as soon as they are released on a monthly basis, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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