You can use most of our website without any need to register. All the poem selections and ways of interacting with those are freely available, the resources in the Learning Zone, and lots of information about the Poetry By Heart competition including the competition guides. But if you want to take part in the Poetry By Heart competition or use the Teaching Zone resources, you'll need to register. This is because we need to know who you are and how we can talk to you, and where to send your competition resource pack if you are eligible to take part in the competition.
Registration takes a minute or two. We only collect the information we need to run the competition and we will not give it to anyone else without your express permission.
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Poetry By Heart is a national competition in which young people in key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 choose poems they love, learn them by heart and perform them in a school or college competition.
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Poems to enjoy together and fun ways of sharing them out loud and by heart. Sign up and we'll send you an email once a week with a link to a poem to share and an activity to try with it.
Choose a poem. Learn it by heart. Get ready to share it aloud.
Links and videos to help you choose poems to read and enjoy, learn and perform.
The CLPE Poetryline has lots of poems for children and young people, poet performance videos and interviews. It's all free to explore and enjoy.
The Children’s Poetry Archive offers hundreds of recordings of poets reading their work and fabulous collections of children’s poetry to explore free of charge.
The Bristol 2021 Poetry and Memory Competition is a one poem summer Poetry By Heart competition for children and young people in Bristol and the surrounding area. It’s organised by the University of Bristol’s Metre and Memorisation project funded by the Brigstow Institute in collaboration with Poetry by Heart.