The Poetry Places are members of the The Poetry Society and
Poetry Book Society and are recognised centres of excellence.
A Poetry Place
is an area in the library where poetry is collected together, and is dedicated to raising the profile of, and promoting the best of contemporary poetry.
Poetry Places organise local activities - visits by poets giving readings and performances, participation in reading groups, display space for new writing, reviews of poetry, creative writing support and encouragement.
Plus . . . up to date and comprehensive information about what's happening in poetry today and training on poetry-related issues.
Keep your eye clear as the bleb of the icicle and trust the feel of what nubbed treasure your hands have known.
Poetry is neither art nor an expression of beauty: but a bringing together of what is right and what is wrong, acknowledging it, and then living with it...
Birmingham's what I think with. It's not made for that sort of job, but it's what they gave me.
Poetry Places in Birmingham are
Poetry brought to you by Birmingham Libraries
Ringside Verse: poems from the Number 11 Bus Route
Griot - poetry by 16 local writers in English, Kurdish, Urdu, Serbo-Croat, Arabic, Jamaican 'patois' and 'creolese' English.
The Shakespeare Memorial Room - an anthology
Charlie Jordan - Poet Laureate 2007-08
Spoz: Poet Laureate 2006-07
Richard Grant - Birmingham Poet Laureate 2005 - 6
Don Barnard - Birmingham Poet Laureate 2004 - 5
Roz Goddard - Birmingham's Poet Laureate 2003 - 4
Julie Boden - Birmingham's Poet Laureate 2002/03
Roi Kwabena - Birmingham's Poet Laureate 2001 - 2002