Poet in the City has been successfully building bridges between the worlds of business and education since it was first founded, as a project of the Poetry Society, in 1998.
Since then Poet in the City has funded about 120 three to five day placements in primary and secondary schools and been responsible for introducing many thousands of children to the pleasures of reading and writing poetry. It has also provided a way for corporate sponsors to support education and the community and to fulfill corporate social responsibility objectives.
In the autumn of 2014 Poet in the City held a series of education workshops as part of the Through the Door project with Archives for London. Through the Door is a unique project from AfL and Poet in the City which has seen 7 leading UK poets, including Andrew Motion, Jo Shapcott, David Harsent and Imtiaz Dhaker placed into London archives, resulting in newly commissioned poetry, live events and schools workshops.
The Through the Door workshops have given young people a unique chance to delve into the archives through a series of exciting creative writing workshops, led and facilitated by the poets and archivists themselves.
Poet in the City intends to continue and further develop its educational work in schools, expanding its workshops and schools placements, taking poetry events into schools and curating an expanding programme of family events. The charity will continue to work with the best poets and poetry educators to engage young people with the art form.
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