Poetry on YouTube 
  • YouTube

Click: Poets reading poetry.

Updated regularly

 

  • YouTube

 Click:  Longer clips such as readings and films.

Updated regularly

The YouTube Channels

Here are some the YouTube Channels worth visiting:

Once you go to the Channel's page choose the 'Videos' option to see the upload archive.

A-Z

Putting poets under their surnames looked wrong, so the alphabetisation begins with the Channel's name, not the poet's.

 Alchemy Spoon

'A new poetry magazine for 2021.' Presently shows the magazine's four launches.

 

A Love In Verse

'Every day for 25 years Peter wrote Alison a poem and put it under her pillow. Alison died in 2016 Peter spent six months sorting through more than 8500 poems and made a selection. These can be found at aloveinverse.com. He continues to write for her.'

Anurag Jain

Anurag Jain: My channel is to help students revise GCSE and A-Level English.

 

Bamboo Dart Press

Bamboo Dart Press is a collaboration between independent publishing company Pelekinesis and independent record company Shrimper. This collaboration will publish a series of unique chapbooks starting in 2021, each accompanied by a short video.

 

Batsirai E Chigama

 

'Batsirai E Chigama is a name largely associated with spoken word is Zimbabwe. Her work is featured in several poetry anthologies in USA, England and New Zealand.'

 

Bloodaxe Books

Bloodaxe Books YouTube channel.

 

Button Poetry

'Button Poetry is a Minnesota-based organization dedicated to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion and fundraising for performance poetry.'

Cambridge Literary Review

'The CLR is a UK-based magazine, publishing poetry, stories, essays, and criticism since 2009, with a focus on the avant-garde.'

 

Carcanet Press

'Videos from an award-winning independent literary publisher of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation for over fifty years.'

Caroline Hardaker

Poet.

Chill Pill Shorts

A collection of poems from Chill Pill, one of London's finest spoken word collectives. Featuring: Mr Gee (host of Radio 4's Bespoken Word and Rhyme and Reason), Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole and Adam Kammerling,

 

Chuck the Poet

 

Chuck the Poet is a purveyor of short snappy, some times snippy, sharp witted poems. Themes include bodily fluids, insects and cheese! Most poems end in a punchline. Chuck has circumnavigated the planet, has twenty five years of broadcasting experience. He watches local football, wears socks and prefers the music that no one else likes.

 

Clare's Poetry Circle (Clare Pollard poet)

'Join #ClaresPoetryCircle every Monday 11am GMT for a free, short poetry workshop and exercise. Clare Pollard is a poet, reader and teacher. Latest poetry collection: Incarnation (Bloodaxe).'

Coarsemarvelous

Videos of poetry being read by the authors.

Darren J Beaney

'Me reading some of my poems. I am part of a collective that host a bi-monthly spoken word night in Brighton - Flight of the Dragonfly. I have had poems published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, Indigo Dreams Publishing, Parthian Books, Dempsey & Windle, Poetry NI, Four Parts Press & The Angry Manifesto.' He has a hamster called Hamirez.

Doctor G

'Adventures in the arts.'

Edward Thomas Literary Festival 

Petersfield Museum's YouTube page has a number of videos from the Edward Thomas Felloiwship including the Literary Festival in 2021

 

Faber and Faber

'Faber and Faber is one of the great independent publishing houses in London. We were established in 1929 by Geoffrey Faber and our first editor was T. S. Eliot. We are proud to publish prize-winning fiction and non-fiction, as well as an unrivalled list of modern poets and playwrights.'

 

Fly On The Wall Press 

The YouTube channel of Fly On The Wall Press.

 

Fowler Poetry (SJ Fowler poet)

Over 2000 videos of contemporary literary and experimental poetry, based around the curatorial and performance work of SJ Fowler www.stevenjfowler.com. This channel has been running for over a decade, documenting the great energy of 21st century live poetries, based in London.'

The Gloucestershire Poetry Society 

'This is the official brand channel for The Gloucestershire Poetry Society. We provide an all-inclusive space for poets, writers and spoken word performers to share their work, learn through peer support, general and critical workshop and take part in online and offline event and festivals.'

 

Griffin Poetry Prize

'The Griffin Poetry Prize is Canada's most generous poetry award. It was founded in 2000 by businessman and philanthropist Scott Griffin. The awards go to one Canadian and one international poet who writes in the English language. Each winner receives $65,000 (Cdn).'

Hay Festival

'Hay Festival brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festivals inspire, examine and entertain, inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.'

Home Stage - YouTube

 

'Our mission is to bring folk music and poetry to a new generation, making it accessible to all. With support from well-known names in the folk and poetry worlds we showcase talented, undiscovered artists through regular streamed programmes, live events, podcasts, festivals and tours. Using regular Zoom discussion groups we engage the growing creative community.'

 

Ilkley Literature Festival

 

'Typically, Ilkley Literature Festival is held over 17 days at the start of October in this miniature Victorian spa town at the foot of Ilkley Moor – surrounded by beautiful countryside. The Festival is supported by Arts Council England and Bradford Metropolitan Council and is proud to have University of Leeds Cultural Institute as our Higher Education Partner.'

Jerwood Compton Poetry Takeover

 

For Autumn 2020 we invited the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellows to take over the Jerwood Arts channels. The Fellows for this edition Hafsah Aneela BashirAnthony Joseph and Yomi Sode, celebrated the end of a year of mentorship, reflection and development through the Fellowship programme with a new digital programme of online events, content and social media takeovers.

Kae Tempest

'This is Kae Tempest's channel, where you can see performances and videos.'

The Keats and Shelly House

'The museum, located at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy, was the last home of John Keats and contains the rooms in which he lived and died in the winter of 1820-1821.'

Kids’ Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

'This is the official Michael Rosen video channel. All videos and playlists on this channel have been approved by Michael Rosen and are safe to watch.'

Lannan Foundation

'Lannan Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities. Lannan hosts a series of love events each year in Santa Fe, New Mexico.'

 

 

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

'A nonprofit literary center and beacon for readers and writers in Colorado and beyond.'

Live Canon Poetry

For fourteen years Live Canon have been publishing, performing, promoting, celebrating and sharing poetry. We publish anthologies, debuts and collections. Our ensemble perform poetry at theatres, festivals and events, and record poetry for radio, digital projects and interdisciplinary collaborations.

 

Magma Poetry

Magma Poetry's YouTube channel.

Michelle Moloney King

Experimental poet and visual poet. Editor of Beir Bua Journal. Likes to ask questions with poets, editors, readers, and maybe share some of my own work. Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

Mr Tobin Leaving Cert English

'I am an English teacher making revision videos and materials for the Leaving and Junior Cert exams.'

MPT Magazine

MPT Magazine's YouTube channel

National Poetry Day

'National Poetry Day is a mass annual celebration that brings people together to enjoy, share and discover poetry on the first Thursday in October.'

Ó Bhéal - YouTube

 

Festival reviews and videos from 2007 to the present can be found here. (Also See Welcome to Ó Bhéal - Fáilte go dtí Ó Bhéal)

The On Being Project - YouTube

The On Being Project is an independent non-profit public life and media initiative with radio, podcasts, digital, poetry, and live event offerings. We pursue deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.

Pat Boran

'Pat Boran is an Irish poet, living and working in Dublin. He is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, many of them translated into other languages. He has worked as a presenter of poetry programmes on radio, as a creative writing tutor and as a literary editor.' The YouTube page has his poetry films.

 

Poem Analysis 

'Are you a fan of poetry or just curious and drawn to learn more? Well, you’re at the right place. Here are ten cool, fun and interesting facts about poetry that will intrigue and ignite your interest.'

Poet in the City 

'Poet in the City exists to explore how poetry can develop understandings of complex socio-political issues. We do this through producing an ambitious programme of multi-disciplinary events and commissioning projects that bring poets and communities closer together.'

Poetry Archive

'The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation that makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online.'

Poetry Book Society

'Set up by T S Eliot and friends in 1953 ‘to propagate the art of poetry’, the Poetry Book Society is a unique poetry society, providing information, reviews and discounts on the best contemporary poetry for an international community of readers.'

Poetry London

'Poetry London is an arts charity and leading international poetry magazine where acclaimed contemporary poets share pages with exciting new names. Published three times a year in February, May and September, each issue contains new poetry, incisive reviews and features.'

The Poetry Society (vimeo.com)

'Founded in 1909 to 'promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. It publishes the leading poetry magazine, Poetry Review.'

Poetry Translate

The Poetry Translation Centre gives the best poems from Africa, Asia and Latin America a new life in the English language, working with diaspora communities for whom poetry is of great importance.

Poets & Players

Poets & Players was started in 2004 by poet Linda Chase (who died in 2011) with Musical Director Chris Davies and is run by volunteers. It is known for its programming of complementary arts — poetry with music, dance and visual art, in Manchester, UK. All the events are free to attend. 

Poets and Writers International Studio - Don Krieger

See videos for recordings of the past Poets and Writers International Conclave.

Poets.org  (Academy of American Poets)

'The Academy of American Poets is a non-profit organization with a mission to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Our membership is nearly 9,000 strong and growing.'

Puzzle Poetry

Puzzle Hall Poets is one of West Yorkshire’s longest running monthly spoken word events. We meet every first Monday each month (with the exception of Bank Holidays in which case it’s the second of each month). Entry is completely free and we have a featured guest as well as a welcoming and varied open mic. We meet at the Navigation Inn, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

 

Rattle Poetry

'Rattle is a publication of the Rattle Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the practice of poetry, and is not affiliated with any other organization.' Sign up to join in the Rattlecasts, which are all later archived on this page.

The Reader

'We are the pioneers of Shared Reading – a simple idea that changes lives. By bringing people together to read great literature aloud we are improving well-being, reducing social isolation and building stronger communities across the UK and beyond. We want to make Shared Reading so widespread that everyone, can access one of our groups.'

Royal Society For Arts 

'We are RSA. The royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce. We unite people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time.'

Salmon Poetry  (Fergus Tighe's channel)

Look at the videos to see  the Salmon Poetry Garden, Ennisymon, County Clare

Saqi Books

'Saqi Books are a publishing house based in Bayswater, West London where they've been creating international fiction and non-fiction titles across three imprints - Saqi, Telegram and the Westbourne Press - since 1983. Championing minority voices and progressive thinkers from the start, Saqi means 'waterseller' in Arabic.'

 

SarahJamespoet

The poet, Sarah James

 

Sasha Volokh (See his playlist Sasha Reads)

Every Monday Sasha reads a classic poem which is added to his playlist.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace

'Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy. A home for inspiration, echoing the life, literature and legacy of Seamus Heaney, poet, Nobel Laureate and one of Ireland's literary greats.'

 

Sheaf Poetry

'Sheaf Poetry Festival is an annual poetry festival based in Sheffield, UK. We bring exciting poetry events to Sheffield as well as celebrating the city's brilliant & vibrant poetry scene.'

 

Stay-At-Home! Literary Festival

'A digital event that brings together writers and readers to celebrate their love of books, without judgement or criticism. Now in its second year, the festival hosts workshops, panels, readings and talks. Here you can watch recordings of #SAHLF2021 events.'

Steve Pottinger (poet)

'Here is where you'll find videos of some of (his) poems. I hope you enjoy them. If you do, please, share them with your friends.'

Studio 3 Arts Barking

'Studio 3 Arts is a non-profit organisation that puts local people at the centre of everything that we do. Our mission is to be ambitious and create brilliant, challenging, relevant work that acknowledges and responds to the barriers that prevent arts participation.' See the open mic poetry podcasts.

 

T.S. Eliot Prize

 

Check out the videos and playlists of the many poets who have been shortlisted for the prize, reading their own poetry. 

UCD Press

'Publishers of the best contemporary non-fiction writing. Peer-reviewed for academic excellence. North American sales, marketing and distribution representation with University of Chicago Press'

VerseCycle  (Ecopoetry)

'Caroline Burrows @VerseCycle is a writer of poetry, prose: fiction and non-fiction, thematically ranging from cycling; trying to be environmentally friendly; comedy, fairy tales, love and heartbreak; and mental health.'

VerseFirst 

VerseFirst is a Media project, dedicated to showing the world the best of what West Midlands Poetry has to offer. Via our YouTube Channel, VF Poetry Podcast and The Brand New Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal.

Wet Grain Poetry

'Wet Grain is a new journal interested in the lyric grooves that channel and redirect our apprehension of the world and the ideas implacably fankling themselves within it'

 

 

Writers' Kingston

Writer’s Kingston is Kingston University's literary cultural institute dedicated to creative writing in all its forms, with an annual programme of events from talks to workshops and festivals.

YourShelf

The official YouTube channel for YourShelf, The YourShelf Podcast and The YourShelf Press.

 

 

P.S.

Not a YouTube site, but for many links to poetry in film

 

- see Moving Poems | The best poetry videos on the web