• To assist at our regular or one-off poetry workshops
  • To provide an enjoyable experience for attendees (with an awareness in particular of participants who may not be familiar with poetry, or are new to creative writing)



  • To help deliver fun and interactive sessions for poetry-related workshop activities, depending on the needs of the session
  • To assist in running sessions by directing activities and supervising participants. In the past this has included such activities as cut-up poetry, sock-puppet making, zine-making, collective poetry-writing, and beyond. We are always open to and interested in new and creative ways to encourage people to explore poetry!


Skills and abilities needed

  • to enjoy helping others
  • to be able to work in a team with other volunteers
  • a creative and flexible attitude
  • Safeguarding support is also available, as many of our regular workshop sessions involve working with vulnerable adults


Timings and Locations

Various locations and timings, including one-off sessions (in the past we have run ad hoc sessions such as a nature-walk and poetry workshop for children based on The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, or a ‘Recycle a Poem’ workshop with various upcycling poetry activities as part of the Oxfordshire Reuses festival).


We have a number of regular/semi-regular workshop sessions working with people facing homelessness which would really benefit from input from new workshop leaders or facilitators.:

  • Writing Home at Open House Oxford – every Wednesday morning, 10am – 12 noon
  • Library Days at O’Hanlon House – 2nd Friday of every month, time of day flexible based on volunteer availability
  • Literacy Fridays at The Gatehouse – Fridays 6pm-7pm, occasional appearances based on volunteer availability


Sound good? Not sure and want more information?

Drop us an email at oxfordpoetrylibrary@gmail.com or fill in the form here to find out more.