October 9th is National Poetry Day, with the theme of "Britain". This selection represents just a few of the many poets whose papers are described on the Hub. You can decide how typically British these writers are - and whether or not they are typical poets!
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- James Thomson (1700-1748): Scottish dramatist and poet
- John Gregory (1831-1922): Bristol shoe-maker, socialist and poet
- Barry MacSweeney (1948-2000): Newcastle journalist and poet
- Althea Gyles (1868-1949): Irish poet and artist
- Humphrey Roberts (fl 1798-1804): Anglesey tide-waiter and poet
- Jack Clemo (1916-1994): Deaf Cornish writer
- John Waddington-Feather (born 1933): Yorkshire poet and Anglican priest
- Poetry Society: organisers of National Poetry Day and the National Poetry Competition
- Poetry Library (London): aims to stock all poetry published in the UK since 1912
- Scottish Poetry Library (Edinburgh): contemporary poetry written in Scotland, in Scots, Gaelic, and English
- Research Centre in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Oxford Brookes University
- Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries
- British Library: Modern British and Irish Poetry
- British Library: National Sound Archive
- BBC Online: Poetry
- Bartleby: Verse: full text of poetry collections
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