Set up by T S Eliot and friends in 1953 ‘to propagate the art of poetry’, the Poetry Book Society is a unique poetry society, providing information, reviews and discounts on the best contemporary poetry for an international community of readers.
The Poet Selectors choose the best new poetry collection of the quarter, which is sent to full members as part of their membership. All members also receive the Bulletin, the quarterly review of new poetry, which contains the Poet Selectors' reviews of the Choice and Recommendations and the selected poets' comments on their own work.
Awarded by the PBS to the best new collection of poetry each year, the The T S Eliot Prize for Poetry is the largest and most prestigious award of its kind in the UK and has been described by the Irish Independent as the ‘world's top poetry award'. The 2015 Prize was won by Sarah Howe for her debut collection Loop of Jade. Every year on the night before the prize-giving, the 10 short-listed poets are invited to take part in the T S Eliot Prize Readings, the biggest event of the poetry year. The T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme encourages A level students to ‘shadow’ the judges and read work from new and established writers, and our Reading Group Scheme provides poems and notes for a reading group to engage with the shortlist.
With a great fanfare, the PBS also has relaunched its online poetry bookstore, the Poetry Bookshop Online, which sells all the 90,000 poetry titles in print in the UK and a wide range of CDs, including those from the Poetry Archive, featuring one-hour recordings of over 130 poets reading their own work. The Poetry Portal is the best place online for recommendations, reviews, interviews and discussions on anything poetry-related, and its events database will provide details of poetry events in the UK and Ireland.
Why join the PBS? Full members receive the Choice and Bulletin review each quarter, keeping them up-to-date with the best new poetry. Associate, Charter (for libraries) and Education memberships are also available.
The current PBS membership offer is a free copy of Adventures in Form (edited by Tom Chivers), an anthology of exciting and adventurous poetic forms and styles, and a free £10 voucher. You can join online.