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Poetry Can is one of the few poetry development agencies in the UK. It is the poetry organisation working to promote poetry in the south west

of England. It is dedicated to supporting the creative and professional development of poets of all ages and levels of experience, and to increasing

and promoting opportunities for everyone to take part in and enjoy poetry. We present and support a range of high profile events each year,

including the Bristol Poetry Festival and Bristol Spring Poetry Festival. We organise poetry projects and activities with schools, and with a wide and

diverse rangof organisations and community-based groups. Aside from income generated by its activities, Poetry Can now has just one main source

of funding, Arts Council England which covers core costs and a few essential activities.


Just to give you an idea of some of our costs: 

  • the average cost of an event at Bristol Poetry Festival would be £750;
  • placing a poet in a school for a morning or an afternoon would cost £150;
  • a poet working for a morning, an afternoon or an evening with a community group would also cost £150.


There are a number of ways in which you can support Poetry Can.

The first is to join the new Poetry Can Membership Scheme .

Membership costs £3 per month and we will ask you to pay this by a standing order with your bank.

All money raised will directly fund Poety Can's work including Bristol Poetry Festival and our education activities.

Members entering the Bristol Poetry Prize will be entitled to two free subsequent entries and also, up to three poetry surgeries

(cost for non-members £15 per surgery) per year  without charge.

For full details and to join please visit Poetry Can membership page .

Audience   Simon Armitage   Audience   Sally Jenkinson


Secondly, you can enter the Bristol Poetry Prize , which opens on Thursday 2 October 2014, which is National Poetry Day.

The cost is £6 per poem, with two free subsequent entries for subscribers to the Poetry Can Membership Scheme.

Penelope Shuttle is judging the competition. 

The first prize is £600, plus the chance to read your poetry at the Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2015.

The second prize is £300 and the third prize is £100.

For full details and how to enter please visit the Bristol Poetry Prize page

Glenn Slam   Patience Agbabi   Isambards   Ian MacMillan



Donate to Poetry Can

Or if you prefer, you can make a donation, however small, however big, towards our ongoing programme.

To make a donation, follow the links below to fill in a postal donation form or to make an online donation by PayPal.

Our donation form includes a Gift Aid declaration: completing it will allow the Poety Can to reclaim tax on your donation.


If you are considering making a substantial donation and would like more information from us before you do so, or if you would like to make a

payment by BACS please contact .

 Colin Brown, Poetry Can Director, 12 Great George Street, Bristol, UK, BS1 5RH

Tel: 0117 933 0900  

Your donation will be acknowledged (unless you would prefer it to be anonymous) on the Poetry Can website


To donate to Poetry Can using Gift Aid you can download a form here:

Gift Aid .pdf format  or  Gift Aid .doc format   then fill it in and send it to Poetry Can at the address below with your donation cheque. 


Alternatively download and fill in a donation form:

Donation form in .pdf format    or     Donation form in .doc format

and send it, with your cheque payable to The Poetry Can, to: The Poetry Can, 12 Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RH


Or use the link below to donate by PayPal (if you have a PayPal account)



Thank you. Your support is much appreciated.