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  • INSTA BOOK CLUB 26th OCTOBER

    Posted on October 20 2021

    Don't miss our insta live book club next Tuesday 26th October hosted by Anthony Anaxagorou and featuring our PBS Winter Choice Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo and Harry Josephine Giles. We...

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  • ANNOUNCING OUR NEW PBS SELECTORS

    Posted on October 15 2021

    We're delighted to announce two new additions to our PBS Selectors team! The poet and publisher Anthony Anaxagorou will be joining Sarah Howe as our main PBS Book Selector and...

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  • WINTER PAMPHLET CHOICE ANNOUNCED

    Posted on October 15 2021

    We're delighted to announce our Winter Pamphlet Choice is Sargam / Swargam by Fathima Zahra, published by ignition press. Sargam / Swargam evokes a deep sense of precarity in being, belonging and...

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  • MEET HARRY JOSEPHINE GILES

    Posted on October 15 2021

    "Deep Wheel Orcadia is a far future space station almost but not entirely unlike Orkney, my home. It is a peripheral place, once central to imperial expansion, finding a way...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: DEEP WHEEL ORCADIA

    Posted on October 15 2021

    From Deep Wheel Orcadia, a sci-fi verse novel by Harry Josephine Giles, our PBS Winter Recommendation. Order here with 25% off for PBS Members

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  • DEEP WHEEL ORCADIA

    Posted on October 15 2021

    “Whit maan it mean,tae only ken thee body whan hid’s wi anither?An deus hid ivver mean onytheen ither as grief?What must it mean,to only know your body when it’s with...

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  • T. S. ELIOT PRIZE SHORTLIST 2021

    Posted on October 15 2021

    The Shortlist for the 2021 T.S. Eliot Prize has been announced! We're delighted to see lots of PBS poets on the shortlist including Raymond Antrobus, Hannah Lowe, Kayo Chingonyi and Jack...

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  • GREG GILBERT TRIBUTE

    Posted on October 08 2021

    We are saddened to hear about the passing of Greg Gilbert whose heartfelt and vulnerable poetry pamphlet Love Makes a Mess of Dying let us all into his ongoing struggles against cancer. Examining...

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  • NATIONAL POETRY DAY METRO COMPETITION

    Posted on October 07 2021

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, we're launching a competition for budding poets with our friends at Tyne and Wear Metro, Nexus. Poets of all ages and abilities are invited to...

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  • NATIONAL POETRY DAY OFFER

    Posted on October 07 2021

    Today is National Poetry Day and this year the theme is Choice. We choose poetry every day and always! To celebrate, we're offering a FREE tote bag to all new...

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  • INSTA BOOK CLUB: 28TH SEPTEMBER 7PM

    Posted on September 28 2021

    It's our Insta Live Book Club TONIGHT! Join us at 7pm on 28th September over on Instagram @poetrybooksociety for free readings and discussions with our PBS Choice Hannah Lowe and Jack...

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  • WINTER 2021 SELECTIONS

    Posted on September 22 2021

      We're delighted to announce that Vahni Capildeo's forthcoming collection Like a Tree Walking will be our PBS Winter Choice. Our Selectors Andrew McMillan, Anthony Anaxagorou and Sarah Howe have chosen an...

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  • LAUREL PRIZE LONGLIST 2021

    Posted on September 14 2021

    The UK Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, and the Poetry School, are delighted to announce the longlist for the inaugural ecopoetry prize, The Laurel Prize. It's great to see plenty of PBS poets on...

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  • POET OF THE WEEK

    Posted on September 03 2021

    ALL THE NAMES GIVEN | RAYMOND ANTROBUSAUTUMN RECOMMENDATION Raymond Antrobus’s much anticipated second collection, All The Names Given, continues his essential investigation into language, miscommunication, place, and memory. Beginning with poems...

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  • FORWARD PRIZES BUNDLE OFFER

    Posted on August 25 2021

    We're delighted to partner with the Forward Prizes for Poetry as their official bookseller again. We've got an extra special bundle offer on all ten shortlisted books, including exclusive advance...

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  • POEM OF THE DAY: THINGS I HAVE FORGOTTEN BEFORE

    Posted on August 24 2021

    An extract from our Autumn Pamphlet Choice Things I Have Forgotten Before by Tanatsei Gambura, published by Bad Betty Press.

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  • MEET THE PAMPHLET CHOICE: TANATSEI GAMBURA

    Posted on August 23 2021

    Brick by brick, Tanatsei Gambura's Things I Have Forgotten Before dismantles walls of silence to show us the story behind the story: in a township room in 80s Harare, a...

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  • AUTUMN RECOMMENDATION

    Posted on August 13 2021

      “How can man live between the sky and earth - locked in the delicate balance of falling and flight” Virga is the third book of poems by Zimbabwean poet Togara...

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  • MEET TOGARA MUZANENHAMO

    Posted on August 13 2021

    "The project began over a decade ago after I came across a book of powerful photographs, Century: One Hundred Years of Human Progress, Regression, Suffering and Hope, edited by the...

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  • AUTUMN RECOMMENDATION

    Posted on August 06 2021

      Our Autumn recommendation, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe's spellbinding debut poetry collection explores love and its wounds. The first half is composed of five sections, corresponding to the five arrows of Kama, the Hindu...

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  • MEET NIDHI ZAK / ARIA EIPE

    Posted on August 06 2021

      Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe is a poet, pacifist and fabulist. Born in India, she grew up across the Middle East, Europe and North America, before calling Ireland home. She is poetry...

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  • 'ARSENAL' BY NUZHAT BUKHARI

    Posted on August 05 2021

    Nuzhat Bukhari reads 'Arsenal' from our PBS Summer Recommendation Brilliant Corners, published by CB Editions. Brilliant Corners is both an inquiry into and a redressal of inherited cultures and the...

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  • OUT OF TIME: POETRY FROM THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

    Posted on July 30 2021

    "If prose is a house, poetry is a man on fire running quite fast through it"- Anne CarsonEdited with an insightful introduction by Kate Simpson and featuring original work from Caroline Bird, Inua Ellams, Pascale...

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  • MEET JACK UNDERWOOD

    Posted on July 23 2021

    "My daughter arrived in a human world tangibly and irrecoverablymalfunctioning, and her vulnerability terrified me. I found myself resituated in it, or in relation to it, in ways I could...

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  • UPRISING INSPIRED POETRY

    Posted on July 23 2021

    If you've been watching Steve McQueen’s powerful and heart-breaking BBC programme #Uprising about the New Cross Fire in 1981, in which thirteen young black people were killed in a house fire,...

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  • AUTUMN RECOMMENDATION

    Posted on July 22 2021

      Our Autumn Recommendation A Year in the New Life is Jack Underwood's much-anticipated second collection, explores imminent societal collapse and public unrest; the limits, myths and complexities of masculinity and fatherhood; and...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: THREA ALMONTASER

    Posted on July 16 2021

    From The Wild Fox of Yemen by Threa Almontaser, published by Picador, our PBS Autumn Wild Card Choice, selected by Anthony Anaxagorou. Available to order now with 25% off for...

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  • MEET THREA ALMONTASER

    Posted on July 16 2021

    Here's a sneak preview of our interview with Threa Almontaser in our forthcoming poetry magazine: "The poetess writes to record, to hold accountability. I write to manifest Yemen in the...

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  • AUTUMN WILD CARD CHOICE

    Posted on July 16 2021

    The Yemeni American poet Threa Almontaser’s incendiary debut asks how mistranslation can be a form of self-knowledge and survival. A love letter to the country and people of Yemen, a...

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  • NEXT INSTA BOOK CLUB 28TH JULY

    Posted on July 07 2021

    Join us on 28th July at 7pm BST for the next insta live book club with Alice Hiller and Luke Kennard, hosted by PBS Selector Anthony Anaxagorou! Don't forget to...

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  • POLARI PRIZE & PRIDE MONTH READING RECOMMENDATIONS

    Posted on June 25 2021

    Many congratulations to poets Caroline Bird, Kae Tempest and Rosie Garland who were longlisted for Polari LGBTQ+ Book Prize this week. To celebrate, here are five books to read right now for Pride Month.#1 What...

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  • 6 BOOKS TO READ ON WINDRUSH DAY

    Posted on June 22 2021

    Today marks 73 years since the arrival of The Empire Windrush carrying around 500 migrants from the Caribbean to help re-build post war Britain. We've gathered six poetry books which...

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  • FATHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

    Posted on June 17 2021

    It's Father’s Day this Sunday 20th June, so why not give the gift of poetry? Here's our poetry gift guide for bookish fathers of all kinds, to help you celebrate...

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  • ANNOUNCING AUTUMN!

    Posted on June 11 2021

    We're so excited to finally be able to reveal our Autumn 2021 Selections! After reading through lots of books from publishers big and small, our expert PBS Book Selectors Andrew McMillan, Sarah...

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  • FORWARD PRIZE 2021 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

    Posted on June 08 2021

    Many congratulations to all the Forward Prizes for Poetry shortlistees especially PBS poets Luke Kennard, Alice Hiller, Holly Pester, Fiona Benson and Kayo Chingonyi!  The 2021 Forward Prize for Best...

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  • POET OF THE WEEK: ANDREW MCMILLAN ON PANDEMONIUM

    Posted on May 27 2021

        We're delighted to be able to share this exclusive blog from our PBS Selector Andrew McMillan, to celebrate the launch of his new poetry collection Pandemonium. After two prize-winning...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: LEO BOIX

    Posted on May 27 2021

        From our PBS Summer Wild Card Choice, Ballad of a Happy Immigrant by Leo Boix. Available here with 25% off at www.poetrybooks.co.uk.

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  • BALLAD OF A HAPPY IMMIGRANT

    Posted on May 26 2021

    Introducing our Summer Wild Card, Ballad of a Happy Immigrant by Leo Boix. In the middle of the last century, the SS General Pueyrredón from Buenos Aires deposits Leo Boix's paternal grandfather...

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  • WILD CARD CHOICE: LEO BOIX

    Posted on May 24 2021

    Our Summer Wild Card Choice is Ballad of a Happy Immigrant by Leo Boix. Here's a sneak preview of our interview with him in the Summer Bulletin. Join the PBS...

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  • INSTA BOOK CLUB 1ST JUNE

    Posted on May 21 2021

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  • PORTRAIT OF COLOSSUS BY SAMATAR ELMI

    Posted on May 20 2021

    Here's a sneak preview of our Pamphlet Selectors Nick Makoha and Mary Jean Chan's review of Portrait of Colossus in the PBS Summer Bulletin.  "A wealth of poetic influences ranging...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: ENGLAND

    Posted on May 20 2021

    "Not quite belonging, but the closest I will come to finding my home..." - 'England' by Samatar Elmi from Portrait of Colossus, our Summer Pamphlet Choice which is available to...

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  • SUMMER PAMPHLET CHOICE: SAMATAR ELMI

    Posted on May 20 2021

    Portrait of Colossus is a searingly forthright début poetry pamphlet, that navigates parenting, masculinity, racism and ambiguities of identity. It articulates, with skill and sly humour, the migrant experience from the...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: REBECCA PERRY

    Posted on May 16 2021

    ‘In the immaculate garden the sunflowers rotate with the sun’  Reading Rebecca Perry’s brilliantly surreal poem with the sunflower seedlings in the not-so-immaculate yard! Order our Summer Recommendation Stone Fruit...

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  • SUMMER RECOMMENDATION: REBECCA PERRY

    Posted on May 16 2021

    A collection of three distinct parts, our Summer Recommendation Rebecca Perry's Stone Fruit is united by memory, grief and our connection to the world. Opening with a study of a girl in a miniature portrait...

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  • SUMMER RECOMMENDATION: STONE FRUIT BY REBECCA PERRY

    Posted on May 15 2021

    We can't wait to share our PBS Summer Recommendation Stone Fruit by Rebecca Perry with you! Opening with a study of a girl in a miniature portrait, expanding into lyrical...

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  • POEM OF THE WEEK: BIRD OF WINTER

    Posted on May 14 2021

    From bird of winter by Alice Hiller, our PBS Special Commendation Summer 2021. Alice Hiller’s debut performs an act of witness and restitution. Working with her childhood and adolescent medical...

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  • BOOK OF THE WEEK: BIRD OF WINTER

    Posted on May 14 2021

    "bird of winter reminds us that the root of courage, etymological and otherwise, is heart. Prepare, Dear Reader, to feel." - Nuar AlsadirAlice Hiller’s debut performs an act of extraordinary witness...

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