Agora Poetry is an enquiry into the intersections of accessibility,
currently looking at the culture of poetry and spoken word in Birmingham.


It asks Who is not in the room and why?
& How can poetry events and institutions work with the third sector to change that?

It’s goals are

  • to expand poetry audiences

  • to open up the art form to poets who have come through backgrounds which have affected their inclusion in the arts, namely those accessing third sector support services

In increasing accessibility we can facilitate the sharing of multiple perspectives enable stories to be told on behalf of ourselves, and use existing networks to bring marginalised individuals into a supportive community.


Making space for expression

We deliver high quality, workshops in poetry, storytelling and
spoken word which are tailored to the context of the delivery groups.

Through reading, writing, editing and performance skills, poets and aspiring poets are given space to start from scratch, to build confidence through discussion, verbal and written self-expression, hone writing skills, find and shape their individual voice and work up to sharing what they’ve written.

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Facilitation training:
Training the trainers

We are training facilitators + connecting them with third sector organisations to deliver programmes of workshops shaped around the individuals participating in them.

If you are a poet / facilitator and would like to get involved, please email agorapoetry@gmail.com

Previous partners include: