Poetry at St. Pancras

St Pancras International will forever be linked with the world of poetry. It was saved from demolition by Sir John Betjeman, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death.

To celebrate our ties with poetry, not only can you enjoy a statue of John Betjeman on the upper concourse but every year we hold the Betjeman Poetry Prize. First launched in 2006 to mark the centenary of John Betjeman's birth, the prize attracts around 3,000 entries per year from across the UK and aims to foster creativity in young people whilst discovering and encouraging the next generation of British poets.

In 2017, we continued our partnership with Poet in the City to bring a whole schedule of poetry related activities and events to the station. These included poetry buskers, a poetry workshop, the Betjeman Poetry Prize ceremony and an evening poetry performance. Keep your eye on our News & Events page to be aware of our poetry events!

The Betjeman Poetry Prize 2019

13 year-old Fin Perry is announced as the winner of the 13th Betjeman Poetry Prize at St. Pancras.

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Track Record Poetry Event

10 local school children from Argyle Primary and Richard Cobden Primary delighted St Pancras International’s passers-by with live poetry readings performed as part of a brand-new poetry initiative named Track Record.

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2018 Betjeman Poetry Prize

St Pancras International announced 12 year-old Ide Crawford, as the winner of the 12th Betjeman Poetry Prize, and the station’s fourth ‘St Pancras Laureate’.

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