Poetry and Spoken Word Group

On joining the SoA, poets automatically become members of our Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG) and receive all PSWG mailings. 

PSWG is run by an elected committee and a professional secretary from the SoA. We welcome new and existing SoA members. Please email Lily Levinson if you would like to get involved. 

"The moment I knew that I had grown up as a writer was when I joined the SoA. 
From that point on I'd see myself as a professional author; it was not a hobby or a sideline. I was part of a world of working writers who, however different in genre, earning power, or experience, all share certain challenges, and need to share our know-how, in an increasingly challenging economy. 
If that seems like a bold step for a poet ... well, that's why it is all the more necessary."
Philip Gross

TAKE OUR SURVEY. Help campaign for fair professional treatment by sharing your experiences of performing or reading at festivals and events. By building a comprehensive picture of the industry, the SoA can develop best practice guidelines for poets and event organisers, leading to fairer negotiations and a better understanding of the value of poets' work and time. 

Sign in to the members' area of the website to access the group's newsletter archive.


Making a Living as a Poet (March 2017)

Posted: 17 March 2017

The second event in our Making a Living series was held in association with StAnza Festival. Ken Cockburn chaired a conversation with Harry Giles and Sarah Hesketh. 

Read a post about the talk by the festival's in-house blogger, Katie Hale, here

Events Survey

Posted: 12 December 2016

The Poetry and Spoken Word Group are collecting information on payment rates offered to poets invited to perform at events and festivals. With this, we will eventually create a set of observed fee scales that can be used to help make a fair valuation of poets' work and time. 

Help by taking our survey (open to all poets and spoken word artists). 

Making a Living as a Poet (October 2016)

Posted: 13 November 2016

Read all about the first event in the PSWG series on Making a Living as a Poet, with Julia Bird, Tom Chivers and Tamar Yoseloff. 

Read Helen Shay's write-up here.

Read Notes here.


Interview with Kate Fox and Tamar Yoseloff

Posted: 10 October 2016

Read our interview from September 2015 with stand up poet Kate Fox and group Chair Tamar Yoseloff:

The Value of Poetry with Kate Fox and Tamar Yoseloff