Forward Arts Foundation is a registered charity: our mission is to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of poetry.

Through programmes including the Forward Prizes and National Poetry Day, we celebrate excellence in poetry, support poets, change lives by giving people the confidence to create and communicate, and strengthen communities. We need your help to continue our work.

Your gift to Forward Arts Foundation will support the development of the next generation of poets, via books, mentoring and opportunities to write and perform.

They include Shukria Rezaei, who arrived in the UK as a 14-year-old fleeing persecution. In 2018, after receiving a Forward Prizes bursary for her poetry, her work, inspired by poems in the Forward Book of Poetry, was published by Picador. Last year, she spoke at the United Nations in Geneva as a representative of the Hazara minority of Afghanistan. Hear her in this video.

There are many ways to support us, either by attending (online) events, or ordering copies of our publications (details t/c)

£3  Join us at one of our Forward Meet the Poet online events, a series running throughout the summer on Tuesday evenings at 7pm from 30 June to 1 September. Each of the ten poets shortlisted for the Forward Prizes will read from their new collections and answer your questions, moderated by a member of the Forward Prizes jury. 

£10 Ten for a Tenner: Anyone who gives £10 or more will have access to all ten Forward Meet the Poet events – contact us for more details, with Ten for a Tenner in your subject line.


We are a registered charity (number 1037939) and we are delighted to accept legacies: if you would like to speak to us, call on 020 7845 4655 or email

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