A visionary project
The National Poetry Centre will be based in Leeds and reaching out to the world – bringing people together from every community in every corner of the UK.
Poetry is the most accessible and democratic of art forms – common to all languages and cultures. A national centre will elevate the position of poetry in national life, becoming the spiritual home for poetry as it is written, read, spoken and performed – up and down the country.
The National Poetry Centre is the flagship project of my laureateship. I want Yorkshire to offer a home to poetry and to host a venue of international significance, a national poetry HQ that will be the pride of the region.
Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
A spiritual Home for Poetry
From 2027 the National Poetry Centre will inhabit a landmark heritage building – breathing life back into the historic Trinity St David’s, creating a vibrant public space in celebration of poetry around the UK. The National Poetry Centre will house an auditorium, cafés, performances areas, exhibitions, archives, libraries, shared work spaces and much more.
It will be at the heart of a major national programme of literacy and emotional wellbeing for children and young people, focussed on poetry.
A PLATFORM FOR VOICES IN EVERY community in every corner of the UK
Partnership is everything
We can only deliver this transformational project by working in partnership with a wide range of people and organisations across the UK. We are delighted that signiﬁcant major partners have already come together to help make the National Poetry Centre a reality including Leeds City Council, University of Leeds and Arts Council England.
In coming months we will be announcing further signiﬁcant partners working with us to connect with people and communities across Leeds, West Yorkshire and the UK.
We want to hear from you too. To ﬁnd out more or to discuss partnerships please do contact us:
The National Poetry Centre is proudly working together with:
The National Poetry Centre is delighted to be participating in a number of poetry and spoken word events including the BBC Contains Strong Language festival in Leeds and the West Yorkshire Young Poet Laureate competition with the Mayor of West Yorkshire and the National Literacy Trust. Check back here or join the mailing list for future updates.
Ruth is a specialist in film and TV production growth outside London. She is Director of the Creative Cities Convention and Managing Director of Under The Moon Ltd, developing creative diversity in the screen sector.
Simon is current national Poet Laureate and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. He has written extensively for television and theatre and has was won numerous awards including the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry.
Pervinder is a partner of law firm Addleshaw Goddard, leading their Private Capital Group, and is Head of their Leeds office.
Prof. Frank Finlay
Frank is Emeritus Professor of German Literature and Dean of Cultural Engagement at the University of Leeds. He is a trustee of Leeds 2023 and Chair of the Tetley Gallery.
Matthew is a specialist in cultural capital projects with a background in fundraising, strategy and senior leadership of museums and social impact organisations.