Discover the faces of over 50 poets working in Britain today including Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. The following resources, produced to accompany the Picture the Poet touring exhibition, explore innovative standalone ways in which photography and portraiture can support and shape creative poetry making.

Portraits of Poets

Explore the ‘Picture the Poet’ portraits of some of the best loved British poets working today by some of the most important photographers. Discover links between visual representation and poetic language.

Teacher Resource Pack

This teacher resource pack complements the ‘Picture the Poet’ selection of photographic portraits of living British poets from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection, and offers a wide range of standalone poetry and photography activities for the classroom.

Teacher Resource pack (Year 5-7) [5.5MB]

Listen to Audio

Listen to an audio introduction to Picture the Poet selection of photographic portraits from Paul Moorhouse, 20th Century Curator, National Portrait Gallery, as well edited interviews with photographer Madeleine Waller and former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion.

Download audio transcript

Introduction to Picture the Poet by Paul Moorhouse
Poet Andrew Motion, interviewed at National Portrait Gallery, London, 14 March 2014
Photographer Madeleine Waller on her portrait of Andrew Motion


Watch poetry readings and interviews with poets from the Picture the Poet exhibition.


Explore young peoples’ photography in response to the Picture a Poet exhibition and get ideas for your own creative learning poetry projects.

Useful Websites

Search the National Portrait Gallery Collection for other portraits of Poets.