Patrons

Our Patrons are the acclaimed Human Rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy, the award winning poets Andrew Motion, Wendy Cope and Jo Shapcott, and the acclaimed actress Juliet Stevenson. 

‘Poet in the City’s imaginative programme of events and activities continues to raise the profile of poetry and introduce UK and international poets to new audiences. These are exciting times to be associated with the charity and the important work it does.’

Wendy Cope

‘In recent years Poet in the City has grown into one of the UK’s leading arts organisations, bringing poetry to people in a way that is always fresh, engaging and relevant. Its work in inspiring new audiences to engage with poetry is very exciting, and is something that I am proud to support.’

Jo Shapcott

WendyCope phot Wendy Cope’s first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986, and in 1987 she received a Cholmondeley Award for Poetry. Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006 was published in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded an O.B.E. Her most recent collection of work, Family Values, was published by Faber in 2011.
helena Helena Kennedy is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.
author_motion_andrew_new_280x450_q85 Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009. He has received numerous awards and has published four celebrated biographies. His most recent collection is The Customs House (Faber 2012). Andrew was knighted for services to poetry in 2009.
Copyright Sarah Lee - Poet jo Shapcott, winner of the 2011 Costa Book Award. Jo Shapcott is patron of Poet in the City. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition. Her latest collection, Of Mutability, won the Costa prize in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
Juliet high res Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain’s leading actors. She has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, winning an Olivier award for her performance as Paulina in Death and The Maiden in 1991. Most recently she has starred in Beckett’s Happy Days at The Young Vic to huge critical acclaim.