The Poetry Exchange at
Birmingham & Midland Institute
9-10 June 2022
Is there a poem that has been a friend to you?

You’re invited to book an individual slot to talk about a poem you've read or encountered, which you feel has been a friend to you. In conversation with two members of The Poetry Exchange team, you’ll explore your chosen poem and the part it has played in your life. In exchange, you’ll receive a gift: a special recording of your chosen poem, inspired by the conversation.


 ‘Poems as Friends – so simple, so radical. I am changed.’ – A visitor to The Poetry Exchange

Birmingham & Midland Institute - 9-10 June 2022

Individual sessions (lasting 45 minutes) will take place in person at: 10am; 11:30am; 2pm; 3:30pm; 5pm


Free but booking essential.


To book your individual session contact John Prebble on or 07854 426247. We'll send you some more information after you've booked, but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

We look forward to meeting you - and your friend!
The Poetry Exchange LIVE
at SkyLines Festival of Poetry & Spoken Word
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Sunday 17th July, 12.30pm

We're delighted to be bringing our unique live event to Coventry's exciting festival of poetry and spoken word - SkyLines.

Your hosts Fiona Bennett and Michael Shaeffer will be in conversation with guests Rishi Dastidar and Roz Goddard - two acclaimed poets working today - who will reveal and talk about the poems that have been friends to them in life.

The conversation will be recorded to form a special episode of The Poetry Exchange podcast in the coming months.

You can book tickets and explore the whole SkyLines programme here:

Past Events

Friday 19th February 
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Join The Poetry Exchange and our very special line-up of poets and performers for a one-off, online, live event: In The Company of Poems.​

This is your chance to hear some of the best voices of today reading some of the world’s greatest poems.

The event will be live streamed via YouTube, so you can sit back, relax and immerse yourself in a beautiful evening of poetry...


We look forward to being In The Company of Poems with you!

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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.


Recent collaborations have included:

  • Manchester Central Library

  • Manchester Literature Festival

  • Latitude Festival

  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

  • London Podcast Festival

  • HOME, Manchester

  • Wise Words Festival, Canterbury

  • The Word, South Shields

  • Durham University Foundation Centre

  • The October Gallery, London


If you’d like us to bring The Poetry Exchange to you, 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.