The Wordsworth Trust was founded in 1891 to secure Dove Cottage, home of William Wordsworth during the period when he wrote much of his greatest poetry. Today it is home to an archive of 65,000 books, manuscripts and works of visual art, including 90% of Wordsworth’s known manuscripts.
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It has extensive collections of poetry in many languages and from all periods up to the present time. It holds the greatest collection of modern British poetry in the world and actively seeks to add contemporary poetry pamphlets to its collection.
The TLS offers comprehensive coverage of the latest and most important publications, in every subject, in several languages, alongside current theatre, opera, exhibitions and film. Its authority is acknowledged world-wide.
Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies, located in Washington DC, was founded “exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to rediscover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks.”. The Center in Greece is a unique international center. Its main mission is to support and promote the study of Hellenic civilization, while functioning as a base of operations for students, researchers and scholars from the U.S., Greece, and elsewhere.
The Michael Marks Charitable Trust was established in 1966 by the late Lord Marks, 2nd Baron of Broughton. Since its foundation it has committed over £20m to assist non-profit organisations and charities dedicated to the preservation and promotion of culture and the environment.
The National Library of Scotland preserves the recorded memory of the Scottish nation, with collections that span the centuries, from earliest times to the digital age. All of Scotland’s languages are collected as comprehensively as possible, and there are particularly extensive collections of poetry. Its status as one of the UK’s legal deposit libraries has ensured that it is both Scotland’s largest library and one of the major research libraries in Europe.
The National Library of Wales is the foremost repository for Welsh archives, manuscripts and other unique collections, and is one of the UK’s legal deposit Libraries. Poetry has historically had a central place in Welsh culture, as in the other Celtic nations, and the Library’s collections reflect that, both in early manuscripts and contemporary volumes from Wales and from many other countries throughout the world.
The Awards are generously supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust. They are inspired by, but independent of, the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, also supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, founded by Tessa Ransford to celebrate poetry published in pamphlet form in Scotland.