Monday 13 December 2021

The Best U.K. Poetry Blogs of 2021

I simply don’t believe that poetry blogs are anachronistic in 2021. What’s more, when compiling my annual (subjective and incomplete) list of the Best U.K. Poetry Blogs, I was reassured and reminded by all these amazing bloggers’ efforts that the medium is very much alive and kicking, offering a more substantial and less ephemeral format than social media

This year’s list even includes several top-notch newcomers, some of whom have been blogging for years but have only appeared on my limited radar this time around. Let’s start with them…

- Jeremy Wikeley’s The Left Margin is a top-notch addition to the U.K. poetry blog scene. Packed with critical insight, it’s dangerously addictive!

- Fokkina McDonnell’s Acacia Publications blog features a wide range of guest poets, while also charting her own journey through poetry.

- Bob Mee’s blog is full of the insight into the genre that he’s acquired as both a poet and a publisher.

- Wendy Pratt’s blog is bubbling with her zest for life and poetry. She’s an inspiration!

- Marion McCready’s Poetry in Progress is a chatty, honest and engaging account of a poet’s life.

And now on to the veterans of my list…

- Mat Riches’ Wear The Fox Hat shows the breadth of his poetry reading, all with self-deprecating humour that fails to hide the fact he actually knows what he’s talking about.

- Julie Mellor’s blog is packed with original short forms and gorgeous accompanying images.

- Ama Bolton’s barleybooks is always an inspiration, bubbling away with poetic ideas.

- Charlotte Gann’s blog has developed this year along with her Understory Conversation.

- Elizabeth Rimmer’s Burned Thumb blog makes constant connections between poetry and the world around us.

- Matthew Paul’s blog bears witness to the constant growth and curiosity of this excellent poet

- Richie McCaffery’s The Lyrical Aye is the chronicle of his poetic life back in Northumberland.

- Chris Edgoose’ Wood Bee Poet, brings us original poetry along with technically engaged reviews.

- Sue Ibrahim’s My Natural World is a gorgeous chronicle of the courage that’s needed to lead a creative life.

- Liz Lefroy’s I buy a new washer continues to build on the foundations of the book that was based on it.

- Tim Love’s litrefs, idiosyncratic and always thought-provoking.

- Martyn Crucefix’s blog is open to poetry from all over the world.

- Charles Boyle’s Sonofabook reflects a different approach to publishing.

- Abegail Morley’s Poetry Shed continues with its trusted formula of original work from guest poets, reviews and news. And why shouldn't it? The content’s terrific.

- Josephine Corcoran’s blog tracks her journey through life and poetry.

- John Foggin’s cobweb. John’s love of life and poetry shines through at every turn.

- Robin Houghton’s blog is great, as is her Poetry Magazines Submissions Spreadsheet (plug, plug…!).

- Clarissa Aykroyd’s The Stone and the Star is far more international in scope than many poetry blogs, as befits the person behind it.

- Anthony Wilson’s blog is quite simply a Lifesaver.

- Emma Lee’s blog is an amazing effort from one of poetry’s hardest grafters.

- Sheenagh Pugh’s Good God! There’s writing on both sides of that paper! continues to review and provide opinions with an acute eye.

- Matt Merritt’s Polyolbion: poetry, cricket and birds – a terrific combo!

- Caroline Gill’s blog has charted the publication of her first full collection this year.

- Angela Topping’s blog. Not many people would have kept up an excellent poetry blog with the health problems that Angela’s suffered this year, but she certainly did! Fingers crossed she’s now on the mend.

- Roy Marshall’s blog. I always keep an eye out for Roy’s poems, just like his insightful blog posts.

And that’s the end of the 2021 list. Oh, and one annual reminder; as mentioned in previous years, I do know that grim feeling of reading through a list, coming to the end and realising you’re not there, so I can only apologise if I’ve missed you out. As one individual reader, I can’t keep up with everyone, and I’d be very grateful for any additional blogs that readers might like to add in the comments that follow this post… 


  1. Thank you, Matthew, so much for the inclusion. 2021 has certainly been another strange year, but perhaps the pandemic makes us appreciate the arts in new ways.

    1. Very much so, Caroline. Poetry's certainly been a lifesaver for me this year!

  2. Thanks Matthew! Much appreciated, even though (or especially because) it nagged at me this year that my blogging was relatively sparse or at least infrequent...

    1. It's been such a tough year though! Looking forward to your posts in 2022...

  3. A belated but heartfelt thank-you, Matthew. Just catching up on the poetry blogs after a busy few days. All the best to you for the coming year.