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In the Company of Poems

Wednesday 21st February 2024, 7-8pm (UK time)

We are delighted to be hosting our third edition of In The Company of Poems, our celebrated online reading event.

“Simply a standout event, best online poetry event I’ve ever attended ."
"The readers were wonderful, it felt like each poem was speaking directly to me."

This is your chance to hear some of the best voices of today reading some of the world’s greatest poems. The line-up of readers includes award-winning actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Prasanna Puwanarajah, as well as acclaimed poets & writers Roy McFarlane, Degna Stone, Hannah Jane Walker and Gregory Leadbetter, alongside Poetry Exchange podcast hosts, Fiona Bennett and Michael Shaeffer

This year’s In the Company of Poems is particularly special in that it will offer a taste of our forthcoming anthology, Poems as Friends, to be published by Quercus Editions on 9th May 2024. You will hear several poems featured in the anthology, each of which has been a friend to someone who has visited The Poetry Exchange over the last 10 years.

In the Company of Poems is a fundraising event that helps us continue our vital work building community and connection with poems as friends. We invite you to make a donation when booking your ticket - suggested donation of £10, but whatever you can afford.

The event will be live streamed via YouTube, so you can sit back, relax and immerse yourself in a beautiful evening of poetry. You will receive a link to join us when you complete your booking.

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

Announcing Poems As Friends: The Poetry Exchange Anthology

We are utterly delighted to announce our first anthology, Poems As Friends, celebrating The Poetry Exchange's 10th Anniversary.

In this celebratory book, Fiona Bennett and Michael Shaeffer draw on ten years of archival material to bring together a collection of poems chosen by readers that know them as friends, presented alongside their personal stories of connection. Featuring Brian Cox on John Clare, Andrew Scott on George Herbert, Krista Tippett on Christian Wiman and over 50 more, in this gathering of poems you can reacquaint yourself with old friends, perhaps make some new ones, and enjoy the companionship poetry can offer us.

Poems As Friends: The Poetry Exchange 10th Anniversary Anthology will be published on the 9th May 2024 by Quercus Editions.

Poems As Friends - The Poetry Exchange 10th Anniversary Anthology
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