Places of Poetry

Your places, your poems, our national story

National Poetry Day is delighted to support Places of Poetry, the success-story of the summer within the poetry world in England and Wales. It is inviting writers to pin poems of place, heritage and identity to a distinctive digital map, attracting about 5000 by National Poetry Day. The site remains open for new poems until 4 October, so your National Poetry Day celebration could involve composing a poem about a place you love and adding it to the Places of Poetry map.

Events and activities have been staged at heritage sites across England and Wales to promote the project and generate new writing. These sites – from Caernarfon Castle to Byker Wall Estate, from Ely Cathedral to Big Pit National Coal Museum, from Stonehenge to the Kia Oval – have each hosted a poet-in-residence who has produced a commissioned poem.

Places of Poetry aims to use creative writing to prompt reflection on national and cultural identities in England and Wales, celebrating the diversity, heritage and personalities of place. The website remains open for writers of all ages and backgrounds. Click the image below for more information, or visit their website placesofpoetry.org.uk.

Places of Poetry is led by the renowned poet Paul Farley and the academic Andrew McRae. It is based at the universities of Exeter and Lancaster, and generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. It is underpinned by partnerships with the Ordnance Survey, The Poetry Society, and National Poetry Day.