Poetry Society

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This article is about the UK society. For the Indian society, see The Poetry Society (India).

The Poetry Society is a membership organisation, open to all, whose stated aim is "to promote the study, use and enjoyment of poetry".

The Society was founded in London in February 1909 as the Poetry Recital Society, becoming the Poetry Society in 1912. Its first President was Lady Margaret Sackville.[1]

From its current Covent Garden, London, premises, The Poetry Society publishes Poetry Review, Britain's leading poetry magazine, which provides a forum for poems from both new and established poets. Its current Editor is Maurice Riordan, though its editor from 2005 to 2012 was Fiona Sampson.[2]

The Society organises several competitions, including the British National Poetry Competition,[3] the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award,[4] The Popescu Prize, The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and the Geoffrey Dearmer Award. The society also ran the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize from 1986 to 1997.

There is a Poetry Cafe on its Ground Floor, and performance space in the basement, rooms being available for hire.


  1. ^ "Premiums for Poets", Evening Post, 24 September 1909.
  2. ^ The Poetry Society (Poetry Review)
  3. ^ "The Poetry Society (Competitions)". Poetry Society. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  4. ^ Foyle Young Poets

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