At the bottom of Lambeth Walk, behind some anonymous-looking shop fronts, you’ll find the Poetry School.
Inside the Poetry School, you’ll find hundreds of poets: studying, discussing and creating new work. The School is a rich source of sonnets, a fount of free-verse.
The Poetry School – an adult education charity – was founded in 1997 by three working poets. Since its earliest years, its courses and activities have encouraged poets and poetry to flourish, and many successful publishing and performing writers are among past and current students. Students, tutors and staff are all at different stages with their poetry – the School caters for everyone from absolute beginners to advanced writers with many published collections under their belts. They have a wide variety of skills and interests, but all share a desire to improve skills, expand horizons and develop an audience for their work within a supportive and friendly community of poets.
This Autumn marks the beginning of their 20th Anniversary year. A new term of courses and activities begins on 18 September. Poetry-curious people can pick from in-depth courses to teach you all the basics of poetic form and composition, or experiment with something shorter – a workshop on foraging and poetry, a course on Blake and his relationship with Lambeth, and many more. For non-Londoners, there are dozens of new online courses every year.
“When I need you, you’re there!
A recent student wrote to the school, thanking them for their success, “I have definitely written poems I have been proud of, which have been inspired by Poetry School courses over the years, and which have been placed in competitions or in magazines, eventually ending up in collections, so thank you. When I need you, you’re there!”
Contact the office for some bespoke advice on the perfect poetic activity for all literary seekers or check out the courses at