British Poetry in Performance, 1960-2008


Queen Mary, University of London

The British Library

Openned is based in London, UK, and is a poetry website and reading series run by Stephen Willey and Alex Davies. Openned seeks to create flexible spaces for poetry and poetic practitioners by inviting less established and more established writers to read together, curating publications, documenting performances, conducting interviews, and promoting other writers.

The Archive of the Now is an electronic and print collection of poetry and text-based work.It is offered as a scholarly, aesthetic, social and political resource for writers and readers of innovative poetry. Andrea Brady, its Director, has been commissioning and collecting audio performances by poets since early 2005, which now form the basis of this website.


Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.