Colpitts readings have been well-documented by photographers David James and Simon James.

The Poet in a Lens website, created by David James’s son Jeremy, showcases a great deal of his work photographing readings both at Colpitts and at Morden Tower in Newcastle in the 1970s and 1980s. One of David’s photographs – of the audience at a Colpitts reading by Tony Lopez and Lee Harwood in 1978 – supplies the header for this site.

Simon James’s work can be seen on his Flickr page (Menage a Mois), and includes photographs of Colette Bryce, Eleanor Rees, Geoff Hattersley, Jo Colley, Mario Petrucci, Ross Sutherland, and more.

The Colpitts Poetry Readings Archive of photographs is part of the Special Collections at Durham University Library.