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The latest news and events from The Poetry Exchange

London Podcast Festival 2019

Saturday 7 September

Is there a poem that's been a friend to you?

Calling all our listeners and poetry lovers around London - here's your latest chance to come and visit The Poetry Exchange for yourselves.

We'll be at London Podcast Festival at Kings Place on Saturday 7 September. You're invited to book your free, individual slot to come and talk with us about the poem that's been a friend to you.

The conversation will take place in a warm and relaxed environment, with two members of The Poetry Exchange team. Together, you’ll explore your chosen poem and the ways it has been a friend to you in your life. In exchange, you’ll receive a gift: a special recording of your chosen poem, inspired by the conversation and your thoughts and feelings about it.

We have one slot remaining at 2.30pm, so do contact us if you'd like to take this up!

To book, please contact John Prebble from The Poetry Exchange directly on or 07854 426247, specifying the timeslot you would like to visit us.

We look forward to meeting you and your poem as friend!

London Podcast Festival is a delicious smorgasbord of podcasting delights and talent - a chance to meet and join in with some of your favourite listening experiences in person. Do check out what's on offer!



Latitude Festival 2019

Saturday 20 July

We had an amazing time at Latitude Festival, creating our first ever The Poetry Exchange LIVE event at The Listening Post.


Hosts Fiona Bennett and Michael Shaeffer were in conversation with special guests Nadine Shah and Hannah Jane Walker, to discover and explore the poems that have been friends to them.

This was a unique and powerful event, celebrating the power of poetry to speak truth to us in our lives and times. We're hugely grateful to Nadine and Hannah for taking part so openly and introducing us to their Poems as Friends.

We're delighted to be able to share this conversation with you all as the next episode of The Poetry Exchange podcast - coming soon - subscribe to receive the episode as soon as it's released.

















Past Events


We collaborate with a wide range of partners to bring The Poetry Exchange to people and places across the UK and beyond. Our events include Exchanges, Poetry Swap - a gathering, Poetry Exchange Live - an audience event with special guests, and “In Exchange” our writing workshops.


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

  • Manchester Central Library

  • 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 and like us on Facebook for the latest details of more Exchange days coming soon…



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.