What we do
We talk to people about the poem that has been a friend to them.
In exchange we create a gift for them, a bespoke reading of their chosen poem inspired by the conversation. Our award-winning podcast shares these unique and powerful stories of connection with people across the world.
We set up an intimate environment for these conversations at festivals, in arts, cultural and public spaces across the country. We also hold exchanges ‘long distance’. Our visitors come from all walks of life and we also feature well-known guests such as Andrew Scott, Maxine Peake, Roy McFarlane and Paterson Joseph. Each conversation takes place through the poem, uncovering our visitor’s love of the poem and the vital part it has played in their life.
We maintain an ever-growing archive of poems as friends and the personal stories of connection shared with us by readers. We work collaboratively with a wide range of partners to create intimate live events and encounters with Poems as Friends that celebrate the unique power of poetry to bring us closer to ourselves and one another. This includes The Poetry Exchange Live - a stunning highlight of Latitude Festival 2019, which will be coming to other festivals around the UK in 2020 and beyond.
Get in touch through our Contact Page
Listen to the podcast via our Listen Page
And be sure to visit our News & Events page for any upcoming events and opportunities to join us!