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The Poetry Exchange at Manchester Central Library

Friday 21 - Saturday 22 February 2020

Celebrating International Mother Languages Day 2020 in association with Manchester Poetry Library,

Manchester Libraries and Manchester UNESCO City of Literature.


Is there a poem that has been a friend to you?


You are invited to book an individual slot to come and explore a poem that has been a friend to you, in conversation with The Poetry Exchange team.


The conversation will take place in a quiet corner of Manchester Central Library, over a cup of tea, 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.

You are welcome to bring along a poem written in any language, preferably with an accompanying English translation. The conversation will be held in English but an interpreter can be arranged on request. Alternatively, you are very welcome to bring along a friend or family member to act as an interpreter for you, as part of the conversation. 


Please note: we invite you to explore a poem that you have read or encountered, rather than written, since it is the connection between a reader and the words of another that we are exploring through The Poetry Exchange.  


Exchanges (lasting 45 minutes) are still available at the following times:


We are sorry but all of the available slots have now been booked for this event. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please contact Sally via the details below. 


The Poetry Exchange is a free event. 


To book your visit to The Poetry Exchange – or if you have any questions – please contact Sally Anglesea on or 07598 596885.


We look forward to meeting you and your Poem as Friend soon!  


Latitude Festival 2019

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.

You can listen to this event at Latitude as a special episode of 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.