Beth Calverley

Photo Credit: Thom Bartley

Beth Calverley is a poet, creative coach and founder of The Poetry Machine. Her poetry lives and breathes, holding your hand through crisp emotional landscapes.


Beth co-creates poems with people via her supportive practice, The Poetry Machine. She collaborates with places of work, learning, care and play, helping people to express what matters to them most.


One of Rife Magazine’s 2018 influential young people in Bristol, Beth was a Roundhouse Slam Finalist 2018 and a Bristol Life Awards Arts Finalist 2020. She is Poet in Residence at UH Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust and was published in These Are The Hands, the NHS anthology endorsed by Stephen Fry and Michael Rosen.


Beth has performed at iconic venues such as Birmingham Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic and London Roundhouse. She has worked with the BBC, Sky, Oh Magazine and The Prince’s Trust, among many other brilliant local and national organisations.


Beth is also part of House of Figs, a music and poetry duo, and co-produces Milk Poetry, a nurturing platform for spoken word.


Click here to see some of Beth's features in the news or scroll down for videos of her previous performances.

"Beth has the innate ability to capture a feeling and make you feel safe within it. If poetry could hold your hand, this is what it would feel like." - Malaika Kegode

Photo Credit: Amanda Thomas

Beth Calverley | People's Poetry Podcast

Teatimes, after Judith Kerr's The Tiger Who Came To Tea | Mr B's National Poetry Day Podcast (12:35)

“Beth was born to write poetry. Her unique writing style and mesmerising performance draw on language in a wholly original way, with an expert grasp of complex rhyme. This is exemplified through her Poetry Machine project, where she is able to consistently produce publishable quality improvised poems within five minutes.” - Raise The Bar
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