Audio Archives

British Electronic Poetry Centre

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council of Britian), and the School of Humanities, University of Southampton.

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General Description of Archive

Archive and reference guide to contemporary poetry using audio recordings, text and critical debates. Contains Index of poets with bios, critical readings, poetry as text and audio files.


Update: Page no longer appears to be accessible to the public. Upon clicking the link, a 403 error appears with the following message: "Forbidden: The information you have requested is most likely not available off-campus."

Description of archive history or URL

Launched in 2002, colloboration with Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at the School of English and Humanities at Birbeck College, the Poetic Practice Group at Royal Holloway and Cultural Poetics in the Department of English, University of Southampton.

Contact information

Peter Middleton, Nicky Marsh,, Department of English, U of Southampton, 023-805903409.

Searchable options

List of author names, alphabetically, two series of Poetry Recordings (festivals) to choose from.

Relation from the audio to the text

Text is sometimes provided (one or two poems), however it is not linked in any way to the audio that is sometimes provided.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Audio recordings are usually formated on separate websites (usually author webpages), so this information is not applicable to this site.

Author bios and context within literary history

This site is in effect a bibliography, author bio and links to any online resources pertinent to the author.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)


Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

there are photos of each author

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)


Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)



The home page is organized very well: with five links and an explanation of what is contained in those links. Because of the lists of authors, viewers can browse through the lists to click on authors, but often if the viewer doesn't know the author, they won't click on the link.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

Little to no interactivity, other than internet surfing.

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