The University of Leeds has a long and prestigious tradition in arts and culture that spans from its foundation through to the present day. The Poetry Centre brings together our strength and heritage in creative writing, fostering a unique environment for research, teaching and public engagement.
The University Library’s outstanding Special Collections are testament to the rich history of poetry at Leeds – over the years, such renowned poets as Tony Harrison, Jon Silkin, Ken Smith and Geoffrey Hill have joined us as either staff or students. This legacy continues with our Douglas Caster Cultural Fellowships, the collaborative and interdisciplinary work of our researchers, and the recent appointment of Simon Armitage as our first Professor of Poetry.
Our varied activities share a common goal of celebrating and facilitating excellence in poetry, both within and outside of the University. We are proud to be home to such a wealth of talent and expertise, and share our work through a programme of public readings, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.