The Poetry Library welcomes visits from schools, poetry groups, colleges, teachers, libraries, or any other interested group. We will plan a visit with you to help you get the most out of our collection and other opportunities at Southbank Centre. In addition we offer a range of bookable activities aimed at the different key stages and designed to support the school curriculum.
You can download resources to guide your own visit here or have a look at one of the workshops below.
UNDER 5S - RUG RHYMES
Rug Rhymes is a session for under 5s that takes place on Friday mornings in term-time, 10.30-11.00. There are poems and songs alongside our resident puppets, Firebird and Federico. Rug Rhymes is free, just come along to the Poetry Library Reading Den.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS - POETRY EXPLORERS
Every Tuesday in term-time we run sessions for Lambeth primary schools called Poetry Explorers. Children explore different kinds of poetry (visual poetry, spoken poetry and poetry about animals), learn how to use an index in a book and how to find items in a library. We are able to accommodate a maximum group size of 15 for these sessions but you are able to do a joint booking with a Gamelan workshop and groups will spend an hour on each activity, enabling a class of 30 to access the sessions.
Wednesdays 11 - 1pm we can offer a session for up to 30 that will be split into half of the group doing Poetry Explorers in the library and the other half doing the Poetry Word Search, an activity in which children find words across the site to create their own poem. The group will spend an hour on each activity.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS - LETTERS HOME
This resource offers young students a chance to discover alternative approaches to poetry which were created by poets during the First World War. Students will read poems from this period and also write their own. They will learn about Imagist poetry, visual poetry, typography and sound poetry. The booklet, which was developed by the Poetry Library in collaboration with the Henningham Family Press, has proved to be a big hit - students invariably want to hold on to this beautifully produced and unique educational resource.
SECONDARY SCHOOLS KEY STAGE 3 - THE POETRY BOX
The Poetry Box activity links poetry and science. This activity encourages students to experiment with writing their own poetry inspired by an interactive box, where they view microscopic slides. This activity is bookable between 11 - 1pm on Wednesday.
SECONDARY SCHOOLS KEY STAGE 4 AND 5 - TEACHER LED SESSIONS
Teachers are very welcome to use the library as a resource for leading their own sessions. We can help by preparing books on a given theme or type of poetry. Please email us if you are interested in setting up one of these sessions for your students.
SECONDARY SCHOOLS KEY STAGE 5 - A DICTIONARY STORY
This activity for A-level students is based around a visual poetry book by Sam Winston which invites students to think about the relationship between visual art and poetry and specifically around the idea of visual poetry.
Please email us to book a session or with any questions.