About Us

Tongues and Grooves in the Community is a not-for-profit body using poetry to promote motivation, well-being and social inclusion. We provide platforms for established poets, musicians, and emerging talent – particularly from the ‘quiet voice’ and under-represented groups.

Since 2006, our community projects have been delivered with help from volunteers, and local and national partners. Our work has attracted funding from Arise Portsmouth, Arts Council England, Awards for All/Big Lottery, Grassroots, The Partnership Foundation, Portsmouth City, Small Sparks (NHS) and Waitrose, along with individual and local business sponsors.

Since 2003, Tongues and Grooves has worked with: Act2Recovery Portsmouth, Arise Portsmouth, Arts Council England, Aspex Gallery, Awards for All, BBC Big Screen, Bloodaxe Books, Bookfest, Brittle Star, Caravan Gallery, CIBAS, Community Action Portsmouth, Community First for Portsmouth, Cranstoun Community Drug Action, Express FM, Gosport Discovery Centre, Grassroots, Groundlings Theatre, Gunwharf Quays, Hampshire Festival of the Mind, Haslar Immigration Centre, Havant Literary Festival, Kings Theatre Southsea, The Lodge Victoria Park, MIND Portsmouth, Milton Community Centre, National Museum of the Royal Navy, New Theatre Royal, Poetry pf, Pompey Pluckers, Portsmouth City, Portsmouth Festivities, Portsmouth News, Portsmouth Users’ Self Help Group (PUSH), Portsmouth Library, Respect Programme Portsmouth, St James’ Hospital Portsmouth, Small Sparks, Spinnaker Press, The Partnership Foundation, The Poetry Society, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, The Square Tower, University of Chichester, University of Portsmouth, Waitrose, Wordsouth.

Tongues and Grooves in the Community is currently planning to become a Community Interest Company. We would like to express our thanks to all those who have helped on our management committee over the past 11 years: Add in others who have been on committee – Richard Williams, Emily Leach, Dale Gunthorp,  Denise Bennett, Ed Hurd, Richard Peirce, Eileen Phyall (Treasurer), Gareth Toms and Sue Toogood, and our Independent Examiner, Dr William Marshall. Maggie Sawkins, Carolyn Barber and Kevin Borrett are working on the transition to a Community Interest Company.

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