Audio Archives

Poetry Archive, The

Person Describing Archive

Annie Murray (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

Poetry Archive is a non-profit

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

site providing poetry recordings, non profit started by Andrew Motion, current president is Seamus Heaney


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Link redirects to error page. To access the archive, visit

Description of archive history or URL

begun by Andrew Motion, to celebrate poetry as oral art. (background: they combine historical recordings and contemporary recordings, CDs can be purchased


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Relocated to

Contact information (form for sending in email)


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Relocated to

Searchable options

basic search available, excellent browsing, many groupings of poems for usability

Relation from the audio to the text

each poem appears in full below the player, easy to follow along

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

date of poem's publication, length of recoding, copyright information

Author bios and context within literary history

bios and photos appear for each author, plus list of published works by poet

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

streaming, can't find downloads,

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

author photos, website has graphical look in general

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

small player that remains in main site, playback is basic: stop/start/volume control

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

poems can be browsed by poet, poem, theme of poem, form of poem, different sections that are useful for students or kids or teachers

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

you can create favourites and share with others,

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