We support a wide range of poetry initiatives, with special focus on those which help marginalised and disadvantaged groups to find their voices through poetry. Here are some 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 Forward Prize wining poet and teacher Kate Clanchy has transformed a small multi-cultural comprehensive school in East Oxford into a seedbed of poetry, with Forward support. Read about the success of the young refugees and migrants at Oxford Spires Academy here in a Guardian extract from her latest book, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, and download this report into our joint initiative, The Poetry Takeover.
With Ian Duhig – also a Forward Prize winning poet – we supported groups of homeless and marginalised people in Leeds, through writing and reading workshops. Read all about their ground-breaking 2018 anthology Any Change? – and support their work by buying a copy.
Prison Reading Groups runs 40 reading groups across 35 prisons. Forward Arts Foundation support them by supplying poetry anthologies. They welcome volunteers and donations.
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.
The Hive will help you find and support your local bookshop.