The University of Reading will be hosting a two-day workshop on the theme of “The Future of National Poetry Archives” from 27th-28th June 2024. The workshop will be held at the Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX.

A programme for the event is available here. It seeks to cover the various ‘constituencies’ involved with our poetry archives: the archivists themselves; academic researchers; those involved in creative responses to archives; those charged with raising public awareness and creating public events with the archives. The ambition is to begin a conversation which will evolve through future events and links that will foreground the archival presence within our understanding of recent poetries across the UK.

If you would like to register for the event, please email Prof Steven Matthews ( It is free to attend.