The Poetry Business University Partnerships

Ann and Peter Sansom have worked as writing tutors and visiting lecturers in numerous universities over the past two decades.

Ann has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford, and taught and gave occasional readings and talks at the Leeds University School of Education for eight years. She has also taught at The University of Exeter and supervised poetry and short story undergraduates at Sheffield Hallam University.

Peter taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield for 10 years, and was Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University.


Current university partnerships

Since 2008, when The Poetry Business relocated to Sheffield, the company has worked closely with Sheffield Hallam University on a number of projects, including a collaboration for Off the Shelf Festival.

In addition, the University of Sheffield (Faculty of Arts and Humanities) has been the primary sponsor of the Sheffield Poetry Prize category of the annual Book & Pamphlet Competition since 2008.


Workshops and readings

Ann and Peter are available for writing workshops in universities around the UK, and happy to discuss residencies and long-term posts. Workshops can be provided for staff, students or both.

Our poets can be also booked to give poetry readings. To make a booking, contact us in the first instance and we can either make the arrangements or put you in touch with the poet's agent.


Trade sales and library orders

University libraries and bookshops are entitled to a 40% discount on purchases of Smith/Doorstop titles and The North magazine. Sale-or-return terms are available for booksellers. 

Our list includes a range of PBS Recommendations and Forward Prize nominated titles, as well as recent work by Simon Armitage (2010) and Ian McMillan (2011). The North magazine's current subscribers include various universities in the UK and USA.


Contact us

To book Ann and Peter for a workshop, email

To book one of our poets for a reading, contact our marketing manager, Allison, at mac [at]

For trade and library orders, complete the form here and we will get back to you to confirm the terms.



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