"At last the readings,
super-cool or impassioned recitals"
from 'The International Poetry Festivals Thing' by Les Murray, found in New Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2003)
There is currently a large and thriving series of poetry groups and events and courses on offer in the U.K.. Such events generally fall into the following categories:
- Poetry Writing groups, events and courses are aimed at writers wishing to share their work with a group, listen to the work of other writers and to develop their work, often under the guidance of a tutor.
- Poetry Appreciation groups, events and courses are aimed at those wishing to learn about, read and discuss the work of dead and living poets with those who share a similar passion for poetry.
- Poetry Readings present the opportunity to hear poets read from their work. There are also 'open mike' events, in which people can bring along their own work and read from it.
- Southbank Centre Events - literature events held at Southbank Centre, the home of the Poetry Library.