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Join The Poetry Exchange for National Poetry Day 2020 -

from the comfort of your home!

Is there a poem that's been a friend to you?
Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October

In celebration of National Poetry Day UK, you’re invited to book an individual slot to talk about the poem that has been a friend to you, with two members of The Poetry Exchange team. Together, 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

Please note: our Exchanges for 1-2 October are now fully booked. However, we encourage you to contact us to be added to a waiting list for this and future opportunities to talk with us about the poem that's been a friend to you! Details below.

Thursday 1 – Friday 2 October


Individual sessions (lasting 45 minutes) will take place via Zoom.


Free but booking essential.

How to Book


To book your individual, online session contact Sally Anglesea of The Poetry Exchange on or 07598 596885.

N.B. the invitation is to talk with us about a poem that you've read or encountered (rather than written) that you feel has been a friend to you. Whilst we know our own poems can be intimate friends to us, it's the exchange between a reader and the words of another that we are exploring through The Poetry Exchange.


You can listen to some of these extraordinary conversations about poems as friends through The Poetry Exchange podcast:


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.


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