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We support all kinds of poetry initiatives. Here are a few we have backed directly, and others that we simply applaud. This list will be growing: just tell us here why you should be on it and how you’d like to work with the Forward Prizes and National Poetry Day.

The writing charity First Story works with “challenging” schools: with support from Give a Book, we gave them 700 copies of the Forward Book of Poetry in 2013: the result was The Poetry Takeover, an anthology written by the poet Kate Clanchy and her pupils at Oxford Spires Academy.

The Poetry Archive has great recordings of poets, including most Forward winners.

Poetry By Heart is a prestigious national competition encouraging teenagers to learn poetry, and recite it in public. Their online anthology of memorable poetry is a rich resource: we are proud to see so many Forward alumni on it.

Reading Groups in Prisons run reading groups in 25 prisons. Forward Arts Foundation support them by supplying poetry anthologies. They welcome volunteers and donations.

Discover Words in Air, the app that pinpoints places across the British Isles which sparked the imagination of talented poets, from Patience Agbabi to Tamar Yoseloff; Blake to Keats to Wordsworth; from our gifted Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, to the classic ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by W.B. Yeats. Simply tap ‘Nearest Poem’ to discover the poem closest to you.

Poetry and Memory is a new research project at Cambridge University, which aims to find out what poems people remember, and how the remembering changes them – and the poem.

Pass on a Poem is a reading group with a difference: find one near you, or set one up.

The Royal Society of Literature has taken us under its wing: we share an office with T S Eliot’s pen.

We support the Reader Organisation.

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