We must think hard about local practices of speaking, thinking and writing if we are to understand the literary works of a particular region or city. This is certainly true of poetry in Leeds and in the north of England. An important part of this local heritage is the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region: a diversity and multiculturalism that is widely celebrated in northern England. The ‘Northern England to the World’ project aims to bring the local and the international together. To develop an understanding of the importance of international contexts, markets and networks in analysing local literary practices in the north of England, with a particular focus on poetry in Leeds.