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Register Early For Poetry By Heart 2018

15th March 2017

Video Uploads – Instructions Now Available.

UPDATE: The video upload instructions are now available to download here!

Once you’ve help your competition and selected your winner, film your winner’s recitations and submit your video.

Submissions close at midnight on 31st March 2017, when the PBH judging panel start their deliberations. Watch this space for our announcements!

Our step by step instructions will guide you through the process. Any questions email us via info@poetrybyheart.org.uk



Early Bird Registrations for 2018

We’ve been delighted to see lots of schools registering for this year’s Poetry By Heart competition. It’s been a healthy mix of returning schools and colleges, with new establishments giving the competition a go in the light of this year’s closed-book GCSE exams coming into effect.

Our downloadable handbook for the Poetry By Heart main competition is available to all interested – if you haven’t registered yet, please do so here.

Plus, with the introduction of our Shakespeare Sonnet competition (On It Like A Sonnet!), we’ve had some great feedback from a broad range of participants who have shared their experiences of exploring our showcase and memorising the sonnets.

Having said that, if you haven’t already given the Poetry By Heart 2017 competition or our Shakespeare Sonnet competition a go, why not register today and start preparing for 2018?


Explore The Learning Zone

Our new Learning Zone is brimming with materials for organisers and participants to explore and make use of, and of course if you’d like a much more one-to-one approach to your questions, you can get in touch with our office any time.


Winner’s Weekend – British Library Update

library-freddie-judgesThe Poetry By Heart team recently went to the British Library to meet up and explore the set-up for the weekend. We’re pleased to report the location is spectacular and we really think all those who attend will have a wonderful time.

We’re in the process of finalising the programmes and setting up invitations, and it will be important for all those who are invited to be swift in responding to ensure they have a place at the event.

Since confirming our venue, this year’s Poetry By Heart judges had previously confirmed: Daljit Nagra, Patience Agbabi, Tim Dee, Glyn Maxwell, Jean Sprackland will be judging the performances.

But this just in: Jacob Sam-La Rose has also confirmed he will be attending the Winner’s Weekend this year! And thrilled to announce a surprise confirmation from the lovely Freddie Fox – recently featured in Poetry Hour – will also be attending the Winner’s Weekend!

Read Comments from More Participants In 2017

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Previous PBH finalists Grace and Caelan got together to perform a fab piece of poetry by way of our interval entertainment!

Our competitors did themselves proud and the judges had an incredibly hard job of choosing the winner and the running up

Whitley Bay High School, Tyne & Wear

Here at UVHS we have completed our Poetry By Heart competition and have now video recorded our entrants performing their chosen poems. The competition was stiff but Laura  (who came second at the Cumbria county final last year) came out on top, and our runner up was Leah (and who was feeling ill on the day, but rallied to perform!)

Ulverston Victoria High School, Cumbria

We had a wonderful competition – they were all winners really!

Concord College, Shropshire

Don’t forget to email us your competition date and winner’s name!


A Free Book Each Friday!

Have you been following us on Twitter? Each Friday we’re asking people to tell us why they love to recite poetry for a chance to win a free copy of a book that we think you’d love! We’ve announced winners on Mondays – why not have a go this week? :)

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