Ask a poet

Have you ever wondered where poets write? What inspires them? What they do when they're not writing poems?

Choose a poet and follow the link to see their interview.  There you can click on a question and listen as the poet lets you in on the secrets of their writing lives...

Allan Ahlberg

School assemblies, football and folk songs are just some of the sources of inspiration for...

Simon Armitage

Did you know there is more than one Simon Armitage? In this interview the best-selling...

James Berry - Children's Poems

Distinguished poet, James Berry, often returns to his Jamaican childhood for the sound and...

Sujata Bhatt

Sujata Bhatt is a poet of many different cultures: in this interview she talks about her...

Valerie Bloom

For Valerie Bloom her conservatory is her study where she likes to grow poems. Join her in...

Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope muses on the lines that keep coming back, the challenges of formal verse and...

U A Fanthorpe

One of the UK's most popular poets, U A Fanthorpe talks about the history of English, "the...

Jackie Kay

Join Jackie Kay as she reveals the musical influences on her award-winning poetry, and...

Wes Magee

School is an important inspiration for popular children's poet Wes Magee. In this...

Adrian Mitchell

In this interview Adrian Mitchell, the UK's alternative Poet Laureate, makes a passionate...

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