Live Canon

is creating Poetry performances, Recordings, Installations, Films and Books

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About Live Canon

‘Keep doing what you do - at times like these it matters more than ever’
Thank you for visiting our Patreon page! Here are some answers to who we are and why we’re here…

Who are Live Canon?
Live Canon is a poetry organisation, that publishes, performs, shares and celebrates poetry, engaging with emerging and established poets globally. We have lots of different wings: the Live Canon Ensemble is our group of professional, poetry-loving actors, who perform poetry old and new at festivals, theatres, museums, on radio and film – wherever we can! The publishing house runs competitions for children and adults, individual poems and collections, and is delighted to bring new, exciting work to the public’s attention. And then we teach, running all sorts of online courses to encourage and inspire poets from all around the world.
At the heart of everything we do, we want to spread the love and creation of wonderful poetry, rooted in a community of talented, passionate writers, readers, and performers.

Why Patreon?
To be blunt, everything we do costs money. From publishing costs, actors’ fees, venue hire, dull day-to-day running costs, schools outreach… We’re determined to make our work accessible for all, not just those who can afford it, but that means we often end up out of pocket.
We don’t receive any core funding, so we’re used to fundraising individually for every project we do. Having a reliable monthly stream of funding would be invaluable – we’d be able to think bigger, plan more, and offer better and more exciting opportunities to poetry lovers everywhere.
And right now, things are looking more precarious than ever. As a small arts organisation, we’ve had to cancel performances, book sales, events and readings, while trying to provide some employment for our actors and freelancers who’ve just seen all their work vanish into thin air, and we haven’t received a penny of government support. We’ve heard first-hand from our community that the work we do has provided light and hope over the last few months, and we desperately don’t want to have to stop doing what we do – so we need your help!

Why should I become a Patron?
A lot of the poetry we perform was written by poets under the patronage of a philanthropist – this is the 21<sup>st</sup> century equivalent! Whether you’re a poet, a parent of a budding poet, an avid reader, a poetry enthusiast, a critic, a publisher, a performer or theatre fan, your support will directly enable us to keep creating, keep supporting, and keep sharing fantastic poetry.
We want our patrons to know and feel that they’re a vital part of the work we do. So we’ll keep in touch, pick your brains, and create special work just for you.
If you have any questions at all about the work we do, please don’t hesitate to visit our website at or email at [email protected]
Thank you for visiting our Patreon page – we really hope you’ll join our community.
$54.64 of $200 per month
We would love to be able to pay a book keeper for a morning a month... Just to keep everything ship-shape... 
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