Poems Please MeThank you to the talented members of The Artists’ Quarter who have generously contributed their work to the Gallery.

Two galleries are viewable as eBooks with the poems that inspired the illustrations: Pure Silver and Movement. You can also read the poems each on its own webpage (along with one or two illustrations) via our Poems page – or simply view the illustrations via the galleries below.

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Pure Silver

Illustrations by TAQ artists for winning, commended and shortlisted poems entered for the Poems Please Me Prize 2014

Pure as Silver by Judi Bailey


Members of The Artists' Quarter (TAQ) created these illustrations of the top six poems for the 2013 Poems Please Me Prize. To read the poems - and browse slideshows for individual poems - go to POEMS (or COMPETITION) in the main menu.

Artist Eli Mina illustrates 'Wind' by Colin Rennie


Photos, music, dreams, street scenes... worries, concerns, the wish to share... anything may inspire and be the starting point for your own poems. Here are a few images and thoughts which may get you thinking... and writing. Copyright in all images belongs to the artists or their original creators.

Spade by Tony French

Dylan Thomas

Images inspired by the life and work of Dylan Thomas, that may inspire you in your own work.

The Boathouse

Just People

Poets’ greatest inspiration is people - whether as lovers, friends, relations or simply people seen in the street. Here's a collection of snapshots that may start you thinking and writing... think of the variety of characters in Dylan's 'Under Milk Wood', or John Betjeman's athletic girls, suburban salesmen, commuters and childhood friends... Ralph, Vassey, Alastair, Biddy, John and I...


Mr T S Eliot

Photos and pictures relating to the life and work of T S Eliot

Elliot's view on Lawrence Durrell's sibmission to Faber & Faber

Past Cards

Family collection of greetings cards. In the past, these were sometimes postcards. No envelope required.

Glorious Good Luck card

Relative Values

Photographs and cards from a family collection of a bygone age.

Harold, Hong Kong, 1924