Portsmouth Poetry

Portsmouth Poetry is a non-profit mixed arts organisation operating in the Portsmouth (UK) region with national and international affiliations. 

We organise performance events; discussions; community and educational projects; support established and rising poets; occasional reviews of poets and works; podcast and publish new, rising and established poets. 

We embrace all arts but everything we do is built around the power and beauty of the word. Since 2016, we have built a reputation for exciting and innovative heritage, community and educational projects which have won us national and international recognition. We were guests of HM Government at the 2018 WW1 Commemoration service at Westminster Abbey for our 2017 Passchendaele project in partnership with Portsmouth Cathedral now in the archives of  Queens University Belfast. We curate poetry events with/for Ports Fest who hosted the launch of our first publication 'Ecstasy & Grief' and work with the Open Ya Mouth collective on our Power of the Beat poetry and rap project with Park Community School. Our pandemic lockdown poetry competition 'CoronaVerses' drew contributions from poets in the UK, Africa, India and the USA. We partner with local and regional community, education and cultural organisations including Ports Fest, Portsmouth Cathedral, Park Community School, Portsmouth Education Partnership. Portsmouth Creates, The New Theatre Royal, Groundlings Theatre and many others. Our work has been funded by Heritage Lottery, Arts Council England, Big Ideas Community Interest Company, Ports Fest, and private donation. 



Who We Are

Liz Weston

Coming soon

Josh Brown

With a lifelong love of theatre and the arts, Josh was a lecturer in business and management and from 2009-2015 as Chair of the Trust oversaw the rebuilding of the New Theatre Royal in partnership with the University of Portsmouth. In 2003 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Commerce & Industry (RSA)

Josh is author of 'Unjudging Love' a controversial book about Dylan Thomas

Legal Notice

Portsmouth Poetry is a non-profit voluntary organisation largely funded by grants and donations. We are not affiliated to any corporate or NGO organisation. Any income we do generate is used to create and fund future projects and activities. Our Mission and objectives are available on request. Persons and organisations wishing to work with us are welcome to inspect our financial records, current and past projects and partner organisations.

We are passionately committed to the importance of culture to the social, educational and economic well being of the region and its people. We believe in the freedom of writers, performers and audiences to free expression and the right to be challenging and controversial whilst committed to inclusivity and participation irrespective of ethnicity, religious or non-religious affiliation, gender and sexual orientation.

If you require more information or guidance on participating with us please get in touch by email - portsmouthpoetry@hotmail.com or via the contact portal  on this website. You may also contact us and keep updated about what we are doing on Facebook, & X[Twitter]

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