Door to Door Poetry

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After the successful discovery of Poetry in the Waiting Room comes the news that poetry is now available door to door in the UK.

This story appeared while I was watching the BEEB (BBC) Breakfast News and featured performance poet, Rowan McCabe, who claims to be the world’s first door to door poet.

Rowan asks people if they would like a poem written for them and then performs the poem for them on their doorsteps, or in their homes, all free of charge.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper he said the aim of his project is to connect with people who might never have considered poetry before and open a debate about connecting with strangers.

Below is the video of the news bulletin.

If you want to read more about this, you can visit his door to door poetry website at

What do you think of this? Do you have any similar initiatives where you live?

I would love to hear your thoughts.


Certainly a fascinating topic, Davy. Can’t see it catching on though. Presumably this is done for financial as well as intrinsic profit? Couldn’t seem to find much of the practical detail on the link.

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    Thanks Roland. I think he is trying to get material for his show at the Edinburgh Festival. It is an interesting concept though and takes the view of poetry out of the mainstream. Thanks for taking time out to read and comment.

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I’m not sure I’d let a strange poet into my house. I’m far too much of a weary cynic, I’d assume it was a distraction robbery. What sad times we live in. A doorstep poet would certainly divert me though, I’d let him create at the gate if he wanted to.

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WOW, I LOVE this, Davy! I like the idea that people are connecting door to door…though I worry about crime, of course. And I love that poetry is being shared–makes the world seem like a much nicer place today πŸ™‚

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As it is wonderful to have someone write a poem for you but it is at the same time alarming knowing he could be a stranger…but i would love to try it myself maybe few meters away from my doorstep lol..

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I love this concept but agree with others about not letting anyone in! Still, there has to be a way around that part. Engaging the community in poetry would seem to create much needed connections–ones that are certainly missing these days.

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    The poets could be accompanied by a police officer or maybe be a police officer to start with Laura. My brain is starting to tick πŸ™‚

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      I like that idea! Also, maybe there could be an announcement per each neighborhood beforehand–“Poets will be in your neighborhood this upcoming week–connect, grow and learn.” Neighbors who support this could meet for a short time at one person’s house. In nice weather, this could take place outside, even. Now, you have my brain ticking!

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      Would love to hear any suggestions Laura as I’m all for taking poetry out of the mainstream and into areas where it wouldn’t normally be imagined πŸ™‚

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