Birmingham's favourite poet

By on 26/08/2009 in News

The search is on to find Birmingham's favourite poet - so get voting now.

The BBC recently ran a nationwide campaign to find the nation's favourite poet (

Now Birmingham Library and Archive Services aims to discover the city's favourite poem from the national shortlist of 30.

Will Birmingham’s choice be the same as the rest of the country?

Libraries across Birmingham stock a wide range of poetry books, so why not check out your favourite poet at your local library? You can also search the library catalogue at

To cast your vote, go to Just click on your favourite and leave your name, no registration or further details are required. You can also leave comments about your choice and follow additional comments via the RSS feed.

The BBC vote closed on Tuesday September 1. However the Birmingham voting will close on September 30. The winner will be announced on the website on National Poetry Day on Thursday 8 October 2009.

For further details, please contact Nikki Bi, Reader Development Support Officer on 0121 303 2895 or

The shortlist in full

  • Simon Armitage
  • WH Auden
  • John Betjeman
  • William Blake
  • Robert Browning
  • Robert Burns
  • Lord Byron
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Wendy Cope
  • John Donne
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • TS Eliot
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Ted Hughes
  • John Keats
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Philip Larkin
  • Roger McGough
  • John Milton
  • Wilfred Owen
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Christina Rossetti
  • Stevie Smith
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Dylan Thomas
  • William Wordsworth
  • WB Yeats
  • Benjamin Zephaniah

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