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Poetry Together A nationwide scheme that brings young people and old people together to share in the joy of learning poetry by heart.

Poetry Together

Poetry Together is an annual initiative that celebrates the joy and benefits of learning poetry by heart and reciting it, across generations.

In 2019, Dukes Education teamed up with lover of language and leading broadcaster Gyles Brandreth to launch Poetry Together — a nationwide scheme that brings young and old people together to share the fun of performing poetry.

Poetry Together is built on the belief that there’s power, value, and fun to be had in learning poetry by heart and sharing it with friends. This initiative encourages schools to pair up with local care homes. School children of any age learn a poem, the old folks learn the same poem, and then they get together to perform their poem, and have tea together. The initiative begins every year on National Poetry Day, and runs until the end of November.

In 2020, things are a little different, so we will make Poetry Together a bit different too. This year, we might not be able to meet up in person, but we can still harness the joy that comes from reciting poetry.

We will move our gatherings online, and share our performances using #PoetryTogether2020. This way, we can still connect with others and bring moments of happiness into our communities.

Keep up to date with the initiative and register here.

The idea is beautifully simple, free, and a lot of fun!
Gyles Brandreth

Poetry Together 2019

The inaugural Poetry Together campaign was a wonderful success, with almost 100 schools and care institutions across the UK participating.

We saw fantastic performances including colourful costumes, handmade posters, and even sign language! The many photos and emails sent in by the participants clearly showed the joy and value everyone found in this initiative, and many promised to organise future meet ups and establish a regular programme of sharing poetry together.

The Duchess of Cornwall awarding a certificate

A highlight that concluded the Poetry Together fortnight was the Inaugural Poetry Together Nationwide Tea Party, held at Eaton Square Mayfair.

Five schools and their care home partners came together for an afternoon of performing their poems to a very special guest – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. Gyles Brandreth hosted the event and the audience was treated to poems in English, Welsh, and even Polish. The students and care home residents were equally excited to recite their lines and The Duchess of Cornwall even took to the stage herself to perform Matilda by Roald Dahl with students from Knightsbridge School. Finally, everyone settled down to enjoy well-deserved tea and cake and both young and old agreed that it had been a day to remember.

school children waving UK flags
Students and Royal Chelsea Pensioners holding a certificate

How does it work?

  • Register your school to join Poetry Together. It’s open to all — free, and fun.
  • Connect with a local care home and choose a poem you’ll both learn. You can choose any poem — it’s up to you!
  • Perform your poem! You can either record the performance and send it to your care home, or organise an online call to perform it together.
  • Snap a photo or share the captured video online on social media. Use #PoetryTogether2020
  • All participants will receive a certificate to commemorate their achievements!

Sign up now

Register your school to take part in Poetry Together and to keep up to date with the campaign. You will also receive your free Poetry Together Kit.

 

Participation is completely free, open to all schools and elderly groups, and led by the school and care home themselves.

 

To find out more, visit the Poetry Together website, where you can register your school or care home. It’s free, fun, and a wonderful way to celebrate the magic of sharing poetry across generations.